WisDOT planning to increase Hiawatha frequency, adding more stops in Sturtevant

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The potential increase in train frequency along the Amtrak Hiawatha line could have a big impact for Racine area riders and business.

[Below is a summary of the Journal Times article]

The potential increase in train frequency along the Amtrak Hiawatha line could have a big impact for Racine area riders and business.

At the Milwaukee Intermodal Station on Wednesday, Evers administration officials laid out the potential benefits to adding more round trips, stops and possibly stations.

Craig Thompson, secretary-designee for the Department of Transportation, said the 2019-21 biennial budget provides $10 million in bonding and $25 million segregated funding for Amtrak Hiawatha services.

“This funding enables us at the department to qualify for federal aid to improve passenger rail service,” Thompson said.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is in the process of completing an analysis to determine the final set of infrastructure improvements needed on the railroad.

The department is planning on going from seven daily round trips to 10 daily round trips.

After the analysis is completed, WisDOT along with the owners of railroad trackage and the Illinois Department of Transportation plan to complete the necessary engineering an environmental improvements.

Read the full article here.

Gary Ricke