Since 1999, we have led the effort to establish passenger rail service through West Central Wisconsin. We have been at the forefront of nearly every milestone to bring passenger rail to our region.


Our Mission

The West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition provides leadership and coordination to develop passenger rail service through west central Wisconsin as part of a regional strategy to ensure a balance transportation system necessary for long term sustainable economic growth.

For our long-term economic future, we think it’s vital to be included in the passenger rail system
— Scott Rogers, WCWRC Chair

What We've Achieved

  • 2000 - WCWRC efforts result in additional state analysis of the economic impact of a West Central Wisconsin route on the Midwest Regional Rail System
  • 2001 - Intercity Passenger Rail Corridors Feasibility Study concludes that a West Central Wisconsin route would contribute significant economic impact
  • 2003 - Wisconsin Rail Issues & Opportunities Report states a West Central Wisconsin route would improve financial performance of proposed regional rail system
  • 2005 - City of Eau Claire includes passenger rail in its Comprehensive Plan
  • 2009 - City of Eau Claire includes passenger rail in its Sustainability Plan
  • 2009 - City and County of Eau Claire pass resolutions in support of passenger rail
  • 2009 - State Legislation authorize creation of an Eau Claire Metropolitan Planning Organization Regional Transit Authority
  • 2009 - WisDOT to include a high-speed passenger rail through West Central Wisconsin in the State Transportation Plan, Connections 2030
  • 2010 - Minnesota State Rail Plan designates Eau Claire/Twin Cities transportation corridor as one of five top economic contributors to Minnesota economy
  • 2015 - Established sister organization Passenger Rail Organizing Council, a partnership of business and corporate interests dedicated to promoting intercity rail passenger rail services linking Eau Claire and other west Wisconsin communities and the Twin Cities
  • 2016 - Welcomed David Christianson as Executive Director of the Passenger Rail      Organizing Council
  • 2016 - Completed application and received approval designating West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit business entity
  • 2016 - Passenger Rail Organizing Council entered into conversations with railroads, potential private operators,suppliers and equipment lessors
  • 2017 - Several counties and municipalities in Wisconsin and Minnesota pass resolutions in support of passenger rail
  • 2017 - Received draft timetable from UWEC Student Passenger Rail Committee for four daily round trip service between Eau Claire and St. Paul Union Depot and report on proposed services and amenities
  • 2017 - Corridor Capital, passenger rail equipment and services providers, gave detailed presentation of their proposed involvement at West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition and Passenger Rail Organizing Council special meetings


A comprehensive business plan and additional resources can be found here