State and local officials received five $500,000 federal grants to study expanding Amtrak passenger rail service from Milwaukee to Chicago, Green Bay, Madison, Eau Claire and the Twin Cities.

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin on Wednesday announced the five routes received planning and development grants through the Federal Rail Administration’s Corridor ID Program. The program is a first step toward being able to tap $66 billion in rail expansion funds included in the bipartisan Infrastructure bill.

“Passenger rail helps people get to work and school safely, boosts tourism and recreation, and grows our local economies, and I am proud to deliver funding to help expand it in Wisconsin,” Baldwin, D-Wis., said in a media release.

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