Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Press Release

WisDOT requests public comment on rail plan project listings


By - Jan 29th, 2020 12:52 pm

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is seeking public input on the updated project listing tables in theWisconsin Rail Plan 2030. The draft tables include long distance and commuter passenger rail projects and studies, freight rail projects and studies, and rail-highway crossings projects. No other changes to the plan are proposed as part of this update.

The draft revised tables (https://wisconsindot.gov/Documents/projects/multimodal/rail/plan-app10b-add.pdf) bring the plan up to date on:

  • known project and studies currently state or federally funded,
  • projects anticipated to be requesting state or federal funding in the next four years, and
  • planned studies using state or federal funds.

The draft project listing tables do not reflect major or substantial changes to WisDOT’s policies. As a result, WisDOT has determined that no system plan environmental evaluation (SEE) is necessary with this plan update process.

Comment deadline is February 26, 2020. Comments may be submitted by email (bop.dtim@dot.wi.gov); phone (608-267-0294), TTY: 711 relay service, or hard copy to:
WisDOT Bureau of Planning and Economic Development,
4822 Madison Yards Way, 6th Floor South,
P.O. Box 7913,
Madison, WI 53705.

The entire plan can be found on the WisDOT Rail Plan 2030 webpage: https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/projects/multimodal/railplan/default.aspx. Hard copies of the website materials may be requested using the contact information above.

The Wisconsin Rail Plan 2030 focuses on the needs of the state’s rail system and meets all relevant federal and state requirements. It identifies rail infrastructure issues that reflect the views of Wisconsin citizens, businesses, and government officials. The plan includes a number of key elements, including a statewide vision for freight, intercity passenger and commuter rail; and an inventory of Wisconsin’s rail system, rail service, and rail facilities.Wisconsin Rail Plan 2030 informs the development and implementation of rail policy and serves as a guide for decision-makers through 2030.

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