Railroad won’t support more Amtrak Hiawatha trains without Illinois track improvements

By Alex Zank, BizTimes Milwaukee Business News; July 26, 2019

The owner of part of the railroad Amtrak’s Hiawatha Milwaukee-to-Chicago line uses say they will not support any expansion of the passenger service unless all necessary improvements are made, both in Wisconsin and Illinois.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation and other stakeholders are seeking to expand the Hiawatha from seven to 10 daily round trips by making about $200 million worth of rail improvements. Officials have had to take certain aspects of that expansion back to the drawing board after Illinois said it no longer supported certain aspects of the project.

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