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File #: 201611    Version:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 3/23/2021 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 4/13/2021
Effective date:    
Title: Substitute resolution expressing the City of Milwaukee’s support for the proposed Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago passenger rail service improvement project.
Sponsors: PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE, ALD. RAINEY, ALD. JOHNSON, ALD. LEWIS, ALD. KOVAC
Indexes: RAILROADS
Attachments: 1. MNWIRail email

Number

201611

Version

SUBSTITUTE 1

Reference

 

Sponsor

THE PUBLIC WORKS COMMITTEE AND ALD. RAINEY, JOHNSON, LEWIS, KOVAC

Title

Substitute resolution expressing the City of Milwaukee’s support for the proposed Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago passenger rail service improvement project.

Analysis

This resolution expresses the City of Milwaukee’s support for intercity passenger rail service improvements to the Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago (TCMC) corridor proposed by the Wisconsin and Minnesota departments of transportation.

 

Body

Whereas, The Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the Minnesota Department of Transportation have proposed intercity passenger rail service improvements for the Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago corridor; and

 

Whereas, The project would add a second daily round-trip in this corridor, providing both a morning and mid-day departure from Chicago and Saint Paul; and

 

Whereas, The project would improve railroad track, at-grade crossings, signals, and communication infrastructure in Winona, La Crescent and La Crosse to allow freight trains to bypass passenger trains and reduce delays; and

 

Whereas, The project would renovate interior space at the former Amtrak Midway Station in Saint Paul to serve as a crew base, layover and commissary facility if deemed necessary by Amtrak in future operations analysis; and

 

Whereas, Pending project approvals and funding availability, construction could begin in 2022, with service starting in 2024; and

 

Whereas, The proposed rail service improvement project in the Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago corridor would benefit Milwaukee and other communities along the route by increasing travel options for personal, leisure and business travel, supporting tourism, creating engineering and construction jobs, connecting workers with employment opportunities in other communities, and linking college students with colleges and universities; and

 

Whereas, The availability of passenger rail services enhances the ability of communities to attract and retain businesses, employees, residents and visitors; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, By the Common Council of the City of Milwaukee, That the City of Milwaukee expresses its support for the proposed Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago intercity passenger rail project; and, be it

 

Further Resolved, That the City Clerk shall send copies of this resolution to Wisconsin Secretary of Transportation Craig Thompson and Minnesota Commissioner of Transportation Margaret Anderson Kelliher.

 

Requestor

 

Drafter

LRB176623-1

Luke Knapp

3/26/2021