Baldwin Helps Create Jobs, Improve Rail Safety

by Free Speech on August 27, 2010

Lodi, WI~

Lodi Valley News serving Lodi, WI & the Lake Wisconsin area with local information since Earth Day 2008.

As work continues on a high speed rail line linking Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison, and, eventually, the Twin Cities, Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin has secured federal funds to help create jobs and update warning devices at highway/railroad crossings in Columbia and Dane Counties.

Baldwin secured $750,000 in the Fiscal Year 2011 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Other Related Agencies Appropriations Act which was passed by the House.  The funds were requested by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT).

“High speed rail presents tremendous opportunities for job creation, economic development, and recreational activities for people in the Midwest,” said Congresswoman Baldwin.  “It is imperative that, as we develop the rail lines, we take every step to keep our motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians safe.  I’m proud to bring home federal funds to make these lifesaving improvements at highway and rail crossings along the high speed rail route,” Baldwin said.

“This is great news for the State of Wisconsin and for people living in and traveling through the high speed rail corridors,” said Wisconsin DOT Secretary Frank Busalacchi.  “As we develop this exciting new rail line, safety is a paramount concern.  We are grateful to Congresswoman Baldwin for her long-standing support of high speed rail and the economic growth it will stimulate in our state,” Busalacchi said.

It was announced recently that the state will receive $46.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to complete preliminary engineering and final design work, conduct program management activities and complete environmental management plans for the Milwaukee to Madison high-speed rail corridor, including work for the Watertown and Madison stations.

Construction of the rail line between Madison and Milwaukee will begin this year.  The high-speed rail project is expected to create 5,500 jobs over the next two and a half years.

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