LA CROSSE, WI. (WXOW) – The public can inform the upcoming Twin City-Milwaukee-Chicago Intercity Rail Project and pave the way for a second daily Amtrak route.
Two public meetings will help the crew plan for upcoming projects. These meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, November 1st and Wednesday, November 2nd.
On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation will hold its first meeting from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Moxie’s Hotel, 1835 Rose Street, La Crosse.
The second session will take place on Wednesday in Winona. The Minnesota Department of Transportation is calling for information from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Sobie Ski Park Lodge at 965 Seventh Street in East Winona.
The public will learn about the $52 million multi-state projects that will expand the corridor’s rail infrastructure, including the La Crosse Railroad, which will use $6.2 million in funding.
Improvements to current rail lines will seek to improve scheduling and waiting times as passenger traffic increases between major cities.
“Surveys show there’s a demand for people, and lots of people are riding the trains between Chicago and the Twin Cities,” said Lisa Stern, director of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Rail and Port Division.
When asked about funding for the project, Stern said most of the funding will come from federal grants and Amtrak.
Construction will begin in 2024 and is expected to be completed in 2025.
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