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Chicago‐Milwaukee Intercity Passenger Rail Program DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

  • 20
  • Oct
  • 2016
KEYWORDS: Chicago‐Milwaukee Intercity Passenger Rail Program DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
ABSTRACT: The Chicago to Milwaukee intercity passenger rail corridor is a federally‐designated high‐speed rail corridor and is one of several branches in the hub‐and‐spoke passenger rail system that terminates in Chicago, IL. Amtrak’s state‐supported Hiawatha Service operates 7 round trips per day Monday through Saturday and 6 round trips on Sunday between Chicago and Milwaukee. Figure 1‐1 depicts the Amtrak Hiawatha Service route. The Proposed Action of the Chicago‐Milwaukee Intercity Passenger Rail Program is to enhance the Hiawatha Service through operational improvements or increased frequencies to meet existing and future passenger rail demand. The Wisconsin Department Transportation (WisDOT) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), in partnership with Amtrak, are studying the Hiawatha Service in this Environmental Assessment (EA). The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), an operating administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation, serves as the lead federal agency for the Program. The FRA has primary responsibility for railroad programs at the federal level, including extensive railroad safety and highway‐railroad grade crossing safety responsibilities.

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