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Wisconsin DOT seeks public input on site for Milwaukee train maintenance facility


The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will host a public open house on Jan. 31 to gather input on sites under consideration for a proposed long-term train maintenance facility in Milwaukee.

The facility will serve new passenger trains for Amtrak’s Hiawatha service between Milwaukee and Chicago. The proposed sites are located south of St. Paul Avenue at 6th Street and 17th Street in Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley.

A study is under way to identify a site for a long-term maintenance facility that would be used to perform routine maintenance on two trainsets WisDOT purchased in 2009. The trainsets are being assembled by Talgo at a plant in Milwaukee and are scheduled to enter Hiawatha service in late 2012, WisDOT officials said in a meeting notice.

A short-term maintenance facility has been established in Milwaukee’s Century City and will be used until a long-term facility is available, they said.

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