High Speed Rail is Coming to Milwaukee
According to the Department of Transportation, up to $100 million of the $810 million allocation for the Milwaukee to Madison connection could be spent on the high-speed rail project by early 2011. These funds will be used to finalize the design and to get construction and upgrading of tracks underway. A key piece of the design was cleared up recently, when Governor Doyle and Mayor Cieslewicz announced that the Madison stop will be located in downtown Madison at the Department of Administration building, instead of out near the airport. In a recent press release Alderman Bob Bauman summed up the progress of the project saying “the high speed rail infrastructure is becoming a reality…”
Though, it will take a few years to built and get up to speed.
In the near term the Midwest High Speed Rail Association (MHSRA) is coming to Milwaukee. They will be holding a brown bag lunch to discuss the soon to be built high-speed rail system. There will be a presentation by MHSRA executive director Rick Harnish regarding the status of high speed rail in the Midwest. The presentation will be on held at 12 p.m. Thursday July 22nd at the Milwaukee Public Market (400 N. Water Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202).