DOT Seeking Input on Environmental Impacts of Increasing Amtrak Trips To/From Chicago

Community members have an opportunity to review the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed service and track improvements on Amtrak’s Hiawatha Service which operates between Milwaukee and Chicago. A public hearing is being held on Thursday, October 27, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, at the Washington Park Senior Center located at 4420 W. Vliet Street in Milwaukee.

The proposed improvements would increase Hiawatha service between Milwaukee and Chicago to ten round trips daily, up from the current seven weekday and Saturday round trips and six round trips on Sunday. Infrastructure improvements will be needed on the main tracks, side tracks and train signals, to support the additional trips.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Illinois Department of Transportation, in partnership with Amtrak, and in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration, prepared the EA.

The meeting will be an open-style public meeting with a court reporter available to record comments. Exhibits will be on display and an audio-visual presentation will be shown continuously during the meeting. Project team members will be available to discuss the project and answer questions. The meeting facility is wheelchair and transit accessible.

The EA may be reviewed on the project website at

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