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Hiawatha Service Expansion Hearing


Subject: Public Hearing on Proposed Hiawatha Service Expansion.


754 Williamson Street

Madison, WI  53703



WisDOT Announces Public Hearing on Hiawatha Expansion Environmental Assessment

As many if not all of you may be aware, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, along with the Illinois Department of Transportation and Amtrak, has been conducting a study over the last several years to examine a proposed increase in the frequency of Hiawatha Service trains from 7 to 10 round-trips each day.  Such an increase is a complicated process, involving far more than simply the operational issues of running an additional three daily departures in each direction over the route.  No only does the plan need to take into account the impact of the additional trains of the railroads that own the tracks (Canadian Pacific and METRA), but issues in the lineside communities along the way.  In addition, since the proposal also includes increased speeds over portions of the route to shorten running times (90 MPH vs 79 MPH), safety issues connected with the speed increase must also be considered.   Throw-in the availability of station tracks at Chicago Union Station and the Milwaukee Intermodal Center, plus the personnel needed to  operate and service the additional trains and their passengers, and oh yes, equipment availability; and the complexity of adding he three additional daily trains becomes apparent.

WisDOT, IDOT and Amtrak are now ready to “Go Public” with the results of the environmental assessment study which is a major portion of the background work that needs to be done before the service expansion can move forward.

Below, you will find links that you can “cut and paste” into your browser to bring-up the study documents and summaries for your review.  That’s important, because in 10 days, WisDOT will hold a public hearing in Milwaukee to review the findings and receive public comment.  YOU ARE INVITED to the hearing to listen to the proceedings and offer your comments:

WHAT:  Public  Hearing on Hiawatha Environmental Assessment

WHEN:  Thursday, October 27, 2016 4:00 – 7:00 PM

WHERE:  Washington Park Senior Center, 4420 West Vliet Street, Milwaukee, WI 

AAW Secretary and Legislative Director Gary Goyke will attend the hearing; and he has sent invitations to local legislators as well  WHY NOT JOIN US!

Study information is at Chi-milwrailstudy.wi.gov. You can cut and paste that into you browser, or use the following link:http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/projects/multimodal/rail-chi-mil/default.aspx and follow the navigation in the box on the left.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation Chicago – Milwaukee Intercity Passenger Rail Corridor


Wisconsin Department of Transportation website

WisARP Spring 2016 Membership Meeting

Wisconsin Association of Railroad Passengers

Spring General Membership Meeting
April 2, 2016
Clarion Hotel – Campus Area, 2703 Craig Road, Eau Claire, WI
Tentative Agenda
9:00 a.m. – Registration and Social Hour, coffee, juice and pastries

10:00 a.m. – Noon, l:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Speakers
John Parkyn, WisARP President
Dan Krom, Director, Passenger Rail Office, MnDOT
Status of passenger rail projects in Minnesota
Arun Rao, Passenger Rail Implementation Manager, WisDOT
Status of passenger rail projects in Wisconsin.
A presentation by All Aboard Minnesota
A presentation by West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition

Noon Lunch

3:00 p.m. Adjournment

Register today! Register online at http://www.planetreg.com/E22815312428800

Or Mail the coupon below to: Mark Weitenbeck
3385 S. 119th St.
West Allis, WI 53227-3943

Fee $15 ($20 after March 25th) Students $5

Make checks payable to WisARP. For questions, 414-541-1112 or weitenbeck@sbcglobal.net

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New study shows support for better Amtrak rail services among Millenials

A new study by the Public Policy Forum asking Millennials in Metropolitan Milwaukee their views on a number of topics shows broad support for more frequent and faster Amtrak service on the Hiawatha Corridor.
The study, released Dec. 11, 2015, revealed that 59 percent of respondents support improvements to the Hiawatha service, with only 12% not supporting improvements.  Among the subset of residents of the City of Milwaukee, support was even stronger for Hiawatha (62% supported improvements) than non-City residents (54% supported).
Millenials (defined as between the ages of 18 and 34) also supported improvements to major highway capacity (72% supported).  To a lesser degree, respondents supported better bike lanes, trails and facilities (52% supported), a downtown Milwaukee streetcar (47% supported), and a faster, more extensive regional bus service (46% supported).
The full study can be downloaded at: