EAU CLAIRE, WI – The prospects for future passenger train service to the Chippewa Valley will be discussed at a special public meeting on October 15, presented by the West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition and hosted by JAMF Software. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 15, in the Town Hall on the 4th floor of JAMF Software, 215 Riverfront Terrace, Eau Claire 54703.
Anyone interested in being able to travel by train to nearby major metropolitan areas is invited to attend. There will be a presentation by the Rail Coalition about passenger train projects being developed and implemented throughout the country, the reasons trains will be important to the economic future of our region, and efforts now underway to lay the groundwork for implementing train service from the Chippewa and St. Croix Valleys to places like the Twin Cities, Milwaukee and Chicago. Attendees will also be able to provide input on how they would use such trains when they become available.
The meeting’s host, JAMF Software, is one of the local organizations working with the Rail Coalition in a new effort to research the full range of financial, operational and organizational alternatives to establish passenger rail service to the area, including Public Private Partnerships. Initial efforts may concentrate on establishing local train service between Eau Claire, Menomonie, Hudson and the Twin Cities. Meeting participants will also learn more about this initiative and how they can participate and stay informed.
The Minnesota Rail Plan, adopted earlier this year by Minnesota DOT, recognizes the significance of regional interconnections and plans for a Twin Cities-Hudson-Menomonie-Eau Claire passenger train corridor as part of its envisioned future system. Service to the region is also included in WisDOT’s Rail Plan 2030, published in 2014, as part of its future long-range plan.
The West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition was established by community leaders in 1999 with a mission to provide leadership and coordination to develop passenger rail service through West Central Wisconsin as part of a regional strategy to ensure a balanced transportation system for long term sustainable economic growth.
The event will take place in JAMF Software’s Town Hall. Enter the building’s main entrance at 215 Riverfront Terrace, directly across from Phoenix Park. Town Hall is located on the 4th floor, which will be accessible via elevator and a stairwell just to the right of the main entrance. A limited number of parking spots are available directly in front of the JAMF building, and several street parking spots are available within the vicinity.