Amtrak Hiawatha increasing Milwaukee-Chicago round trips over the next 5 years

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Amtrak Hiawatha plans to increase the number of Milwaukee-Chicago round trips from seven to 10 in the next five years.

[Below is a summary of the Journal Sentinel article]

Amtrak Hiawatha plans to increase the number of Milwaukee-Chicago round trips from seven to 10 in the next five years, officials announced Wednesday at a news conference at the Milwaukee Intermodal Station.

Plans call for the addition of one round trip in the next three years, followed by two more in the two years after that, according to Arun Rao, manager of passenger rail for the state Department of Transportation.

This plan for expansion has been a bipartisan effort, proving that alternative modes of transportation are wanted by people on both sides of the aisle. 

"Gov. Evers confirmed his commitment to multimodal transportation with the people's budget," DOT Secretary Craig Thompson said. He also said the 2019-21 budget includes $10 million in bonding and $25 million in segregated funding for Amtrak Hiawatha services.

"This funding enables us in the department to qualify for federal funds to improve passenger rail service, providing mobility and transportation choices between Milwaukee and Chicago for both business and leisure," Thompson said.

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Gary Ricke