Private firm meets with rail passenger service backers – Corridor Capital lauds grass-roots effort

April 27, 2017

By Andrew Dowd, Leader-Telegram, April 26, 2017

A Chicago-based company that develops privately run passenger rail services visited Eau Claire on Wednesday to talk about the potential to get a train between here and St. Paul.

James Coston, chairman and co-founder of Corridor Capital, held an open meeting Wednesday with the West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition and is meeting today with one of that group’s committees.

“You’re unique,” he said to 35 people who gathered Wednesday in a meeting room at Chippewa Valley Technical College, 620 W. Clairemont Ave. “This is much more grass roots, much more organic.”

Whereas other passenger rail projects are pushed by state governments, Coston lauded local advocates for creating the idea themselves. Support from local companies — credit union RCU and software company Jamf — for rail service along with the coalition’s volunteers gives the idea a better chance than if it was driven by state politicians, he added.

“It has such a greater opportunity for success because it’s genuine,” Coston said.

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