All Aboard Wisconsin Supports Additional Chicago – Milwaukee Passenger Rail Service
“All Aboard Wisconsin believes it is critical to voice its support for more frequent rail service between the two cities of Milwaukee and Chicago,” stated Nona Hill, President of AAW.
All Aboard Wisconsin (AAW) today voiced strong support for three additional daily round trips between the cities of Chicago, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin at a public hearing held at the Washington Park Senior Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin and the Illinois Departments of Transportation have released “Draft Environmental Impact Statements” on the expansion of Chicago-Milwaukee service from seven to ten daily trips. The Wisconsin public hearing will overlap the Metra 2017 Preliminary Budget Hearings so that greater public input can be gathered.
“It is critical that rail supporters attend the meetings and voice their support for more frequent rail service,” Hill said. “We are asking our supporters to testify in support of 10 trains per day as a good economic boost and a reasonable 1-2 year goal for the agencies to achieve.”
The public meeting dates, times and locations are scheduled as follows:
Milwaukee, WI – Public Hearing: Thursday, October 27, 4 to 7 p.m., Washington Park Senior Center, 4420 W. Vliet Street, Milwaukee, WI.
Chicago, IL – Public Involvement Meeting: Tuesday, November 1, 4 to 7 p.m., Union Station, 500 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL
Glenview, IL – Public Involvement Meeting: Wednesday, November 2, 5 to 8 p.m. Park Center, 2400 Chestnut Ave, Glenview, IL.
Persons unable to make it in person may also submit comments by November 15, 2016. Comments may be emailed to DOTChicagoMilwaukeePassengerRailEA@dot.wi.gov or mailed to Arun Rao, Passenger Rail Manager, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, 4802 Sheboygan Ave. Room 701, Madison, WI 53707 Phone: (608) 261-6123
All Aboard Wisconsin is a 501(c)3 established four years ago to promote and advocate for significantly improved passenger rail service and connecting public transit systems. AAW believes very strongly that these options will enhance economic activity and increase jobs in the state of Wisconsin.
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