On The (Rail) Road Again? Public/Private approach key to Wisconsin revived rail effort

October 16, 2015

You’d better look both ways, because there could be a train coming.

That’s the message of Chippewa Valley rail travel advocates, who are busy creating a plan for a public-private partnership to foster passenger rail service between Eau Claire and the Twin Cities.Website Insert New Passenger Train Service copy

One way to look is toward the past: It’s been more than 50 years since Eau Claire had regular passenger rail service, and five years since Wisconsin passenger rail advocates were frustrated by Gov.-elect Scott Walker’s decision to reject federal funding for high-speed rail.

The other way to look is toward the future: Creative passenger rail initiatives around the nation – and the collaborative nature of the Confluence Project development closer to home – are providing inspiration for the potential rebirth of passenger rail in the Chippewa Valley.

Read Tom Giffey’s full story in Volume One by clicking here.


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