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Freight railroads provide key transportation services to manufacturers and other industrial firms. Twelve freight railroads in Wisconsin operate on a system of approximately 3,600 route miles. Combined, they move approximately 158 million tons of freight each year. The annual value of that freight is nearly $200 billion.
Amtrak operates two passenger train routes in Wisconsin: the long-distance Empire Builder operating from Chicago to Seattle and Portland, with one round-trip daily and six Wisconsin stops; and the Hiawatha Service that carried more than 830,000 passengers in 2012 on seven daily round-trips between Chicago-Milwaukee.
In addition to supporting passenger and freight rail activities in the state, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation works to improve safety at over 4,400 public highway-rail grade crossings throughout the state.
- Programs for Local Government (includes programs that can assist railroads, other businesses and groups): freight rail infrastructure improvement program, freight rail preservation program and railroad crossing improvements.
- Plans & Projects: rail projects, plans and studies
- Safety & Consumer protection: highway-rail grade crossing safety
- Travel information: passenger and freight rail services, park and ride lots
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Last modified: February 22, 2013
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