Wisconsin rail projects have stalled under Governor Scott Walker. The Amtrak Hiawatha service from Milwaukee to Chicago is perfect for the implementation of high-speed rail, but no concrete plans have been made for high-speed rail construction on this route. Amtrak’s Empire Builder service is the route most likely to see the most improvements and action. Moreover, commuter rail projects in Southeast Wisconsin all have been put on hold.
Wisconsin needs to improve its rail infrastructure to integrate its economy to the rest of the Midwest. The future of high-speed rail and commuter rail in Wisconsin look to be stalled for the time being. This must be reversed, existing rail infrastructure must be improved and expanded and new routes are needed to help spur economic growth.