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Doyle says stimulus should boost passenger rail


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Jim Doyle says the proposed federal stimulus package should provide a boost for efforts to expand passenger rail service in Wisconsin.

Doyle spoke to the House Transportation Committee in Washington, D.C., on Thursday and stressed that Wisconsin would put stimulus money to good use for things like construction jobs and passenger rail infrastructure.

He spoke partly on behalf of the Passenger Rail Coalition, an alliance of states supporting more intercity passenger rail service. In Wisconsin, the push is aimed at developing a high-speed rail corridor between Milwaukee and Madison and increasing Chicago-Milwaukee service.

Doyle says traffic on the Hiawatha line linking Chicago and Milwaukee has increased 28 percent from a year ago.

The next step is for the state to submit reports on exactly what it plans to do with stimulus money.

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