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WisDOT: Public invited to comment on state's long-range rail plan

Amtrak 1
Posted at 11:46 AM, Feb 02, 2023

Wisconsinites are invited to comment on the draft Wisconsin Rail Plan 2050, which establishes a long-term vision for train travel in the state.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation said in a statement Thursday that the plan is available for review and comment through February 26, 2023.

The draft plan mentions the proposal to expand Amtrak train service to Green Bay.

The draft Wisconsin Rail Plan 2050 is available to review online. Comments can be made through the online comment form. A website with more information about this planning effort is also available.

Those who wish to request the plan in another form may contact:

Bureau of Planning and Economic Development
4822 Madison Yards Way
PO Box 7913
Madison, WI 53705

The draft Wisconsin Rail Plan 2050 is part of a comprehensive review of WisDOT’s federally required long-range plans. When published, WisDOT says it will replace Wisconsin Rail Plan 2030. The final plan is to be completed in 2023.

According to WisDOT, the Wisconsin Rail Plan 2050 will include policies for railroad crossings, freight rail, Wisconsin’s state-owned rail system, long-distance passenger rail, intercity rail, and commuter rail. The plan will specifically discuss rail data trends, existing and possible future service levels, rail system conditions, and commodity freight movements.