WisDOT considers two sites for train maintenance facility

The state Department of Transportation is considering two sites in Milwaukee to build a train maintenance facility to perform routine maintenance for the new passenger trains that will be used on the Chicago to Milwaukee Amtrak Hiawatha line.

One site is a 4.36-acre parcel located at 6th Street, just west of the downtown Intermodal train and bus station. The cost to build a facility at that site is estimated at $58.8 million to $74.6 million.

The other site is a 6-acre parcel located at 17th Street in Menomonee Valley. If built there West Mt. Vernon Avenue would be extended and the facility would be built between that road and the train tracks. The cost to build a facility at that site is estimated at $53.7 million to $69 million.

WisDOT will hold a public open house on the project from 4-7 pm. On Tuesday, Jan 31, on the first floor of the Intermodal Station at 433 W. St. Paul Ave., Milwaukee.

The train sets are currently being built by Talgo at its plant in the Century City complex on the north side of Milwaukee. The trains are expected to be ready for use later this year. A short-term maintenance facility has been set up at Century City until the new maintenance facility is complete. WisDOT said it is not considering Century City as a long-term maintenance facility for the trains because the travel time to that location would impact the reliability of the Hiawatha service schedule and may not allow for sufficient train maintenance time.

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