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Wednesday - September 6, 2017 2:33 am

Meeting tonight on adding stops to Amtrak Empire Builder line

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MnDOT wants to increase stops but La Crosse won't get any for at least 5 years 

Although the Trump White House has talked about cutting out rail passenger service in many parts of the U.S., the Minnesota Dept. of Transportation has a new report suggesting the demand for rail travel is growing.

That report is the topic for a public open house from 5-7 p.m. tonight at the county administrative center in La Crosse.

Praveena Pidiparthi from MnDOT is director of the rail study. She's hoping to get government funding for the next phase of railroad expansion.

Pidiparthi says the goal is to double the number of Empire Builder, though it will take about five years for stops to increase and at least that long for Amtrak to add stops in La Crosse. She hopes for government funding to pay for the next phase, designs for improved service.

A second meeting will take place Thursday in St. Paul.

Last modified on Wednesday - September 6, 2017 2:37 am
Brad Williams

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from U-W-La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area.  Brad writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse.  He's been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.  

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