Madison Summary

Posted on July 8, 2011

A high-speed rail route from Chicago through Milwaukee and Madison to Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, was proposed as part of the Midwest Regional Rail Initiative. Funding for the railway connecting Madison to Milwaukee was approved in January, 2010, but Governor-elect Scott Walker’s opposition to the project led the Federal Railroad Administration to retract the $810 million in funding and reallocate it to other projects. The nearest passenger train station is 28 miles (45 km) away, in Columbus, Wisconsin, from which the eastbound Empire Builder provides daily service to Milwaukee and Chicago, while the westbound Empire Builder provides daily service to the west. A commuter light rail system has been proposed, particularly for a corridor passing through the isthmus and alongside the university campus, but has remained on paper for decades.

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Kalamazoo’s train culture.

Posted on July 6, 2011

The Kalamazoo Transportation Center is an intermodal complex in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan. Amtrak and Greyhound provide regular service there.[3] The center is also the major downtown transfer hub for Kalamazoo’s Metro Transit bus system.

Amtrak does not allow passengers to check luggage at Kalamazoo, but does permit carry-on of up to two suitcases plus “personal items” such as briefcases, purses, laptop bags, and infant gear.

In fiscal 2010, Kalamazoo was the second-busiest of Michigan’s 22 Amtrak stations; on the average, about 310 passengers boarded or left trains each day.[4]

The center is not an airport; local air traffic uses the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport, about four miles south.


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