MADISON (WKOW) - Gov. Jim Doyle says the Monona Terrace in Madison will be the location of the new high-speed rail station. Doyle and Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz made the announcement this morning.
"This is a tremendous victory for the state of Wisconsin and it's a tremendous opportunity for Dane county and the city of Madison," Doyle said.
Doyle says an analysis by the Department of Transportation confirmed what he's been told by people in Milwaukee and Chicago, that a stop in downtown Madison would boost ridership.
Besides being next door to the convention center, the new station will also be close to the county's center of commerce and other forms of transportation.
Cieslewicz said that he would push to have the station named in Doyle's honor.
Doyle said they hope to break ground on the station by 2011, but certainly by 2012, because Amtrak service to Madison is slated to happen by 2013.
The project is slated to receive $810 million in federal money.
Click on the 'associated link' to see Madison's high-speed rail feasibility assessment matrix.
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