Wisconsin Department of Transportation leader says Hiawatha service could add two daily round trips without Illinois’ assistance

By Alex Zank, BizTimes, Milwaukee Business News; July 17, 2019

Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary-designee Craig Thompson said he believes Wisconsin can make enough rail improvements on its own to allow the Amtrak Hiawatha passenger service between Milwaukee and Chicago to expand from its current seven daily round trips to nine daily round trips.

Also, Thompson and other officials still expect the Hiawatha to eventually expand to 10 round trips, plans for which hit a road block in recent months due to Illinois’ complaints over certain aspects of the proposed expansion.

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