Amtrak to add round trip to Milwaukee in next three years

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Amtrak is planning an additional round trip between Chicago and Milwaukee on its popular Hiawatha line in the next three years, raising the number of daily trips from seven to eight.

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Amtrak is planning an additional round trip between Chicago and Milwaukee on its popular Hiawatha line in the next three years, raising the number of daily trips from seven to eight.

The additional daily route is possible because of infrastructure improvements on the Wisconsin side, said Arun Rao, passenger rail manager for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Amtrak, with Wisconsin and Illinois support, wanted to raise the number of round trips on the route to 10. But the plan ran into opposition from the northern suburbs of Lake Forest and Glenview, which objected to the addition of side tracks in their communities to increase capacity on the line. The Illinois Department of Transportation decided this past spring not to pursue federal dollars related to the project.

The state of Wisconsin recently approved $35 million to match federal funds for passenger rail projects that should help add train capacity around Milwaukee, which should allow for one additional Hiawatha trip, Rao said.

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Gary Ricke