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Eau Claire Council OKs Rail Commission

January 14, 2021

The city council of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, has approved creating a passenger rail commission.

The council voted in favor of a resolution to establish the Chippewa-St. Croix Rail Commission, which will study developing service between Eau Claire and St. Paul, Minnesota.

The route would use existing Union Pacific track that once was operated by the Chicago & North Western.

Intermediate stations on the 80-mile route are expected to be Menomonie, Baldwin, Hudson, and Stillwater.

The commission hopes to be joined by other communities and the West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition on the project.

Eau Claire has been without intercity rail passenger service since the 1960s.

Wisconsin City Eyes Rail Commission

January 13, 2021

A Wisconsin city is considering forming a rail commission that would help develop rail passenger service to St. Paul, Minnesota.

The city council of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, was expected to vote on the proposal at its Jan. 13 meeting.

A resolution being considered by council members would establish the Chippewa-St. Croix Rail Commission.

Other municipal and county governments could join the commission.

The proposed 80-mile route would use Union Pacific tracks that once hosted the famed Chicago & Northwestern 400 trains between Chicago and the Twin Cities.

Intermediate stops would include Meonomie, Baldwin, Hudson and Stillwater.

If created the commission would pursue grants and public-private partnerships.