As Madison starts its journey toward an Amtrak station connecting the city to Chicago and Milwaukee, it will host the first community meeting to hear recommendations on the station’s location Wednesday.

The passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill in 2021 freed up historic levels of funding for a new intercity passenger rail service in Madison. On top of that, Amtrak has identified Madison as a connection on a future Hiawatha Service extension, the rail line connecting Chicago and Minneapolis.

The city’s passenger rail station study will leverage these opportunities to identify a recommended location for a potential future Amtrak station, looking at six potential areas: near the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus, downtown, First Street, the near east side, where the former Oscar Mayer plant used to be located, and lastly, near the airport.

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