Wisconsin Rail Plan 2030 is the statewide long-range rail transportation plan. It provides a vision for freight rail, intercity passenger rail and commuter rail, and identifies priorities and strategies that will serve as a basis for Wisconsin rail investments over the next 20 years.
Wisconsin Rail Plan 2030 will bring the State of Wisconsin in compliance with the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA). In order to be eligible for federal funding, PRIIA legislation requires state to develop a long-range plan for freight, intercity passenger and commuter rail, and update the plan at least every five years. Wisconsin Rail Plan 2030 also brings the State of Wisconsin in compliance with Title 49 United States Code Section 22102 requirements, making the state eligible to receive financial assistance based on compliance with regulations through the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) officially adopted Wisconsin Rail Plan 2030 on March 19, 2014. It includes 12 chapters with supporting materials included as appendices.
Public notice of availability of draft updated project tables to the Wisconsin Rail Plan 2030 for 30-day public comment period
The purpose of this notice is to inform the public and seek comment on the WisDOT intent to update the Wisconsin Rail Plan 2030. The plan was last updated in March 2014.
The update consists of draft revisions to the rail project listing tables in Appendix 10B. The draft tables (formally called Narrative Spreadsheets) include long distance and commuter passenger rail projects and studies, freight rail related projects and studies, and rail-highway crossings projects. No other changes to the plan are proposed as part of this update.
The Wisconsin Rail Plan 2030 meets all relevant federal and state requirements. The content of the project listing tables is part of those requirements. The draft revised tables bring the plan up to date on known rail projects and studies currently state or federally funded, projects and studies anticipated to be requesting state or federal funding in the next 4 years, and planned studies using state or federal funds. The draft project listing tables do not reflect major or substantial changes to WisDOT’s policies or resources as laid out in the State Rail Plan 2030 and Wisconsin State Freight Plan. Therefore, WisDOT has determined no system-plan environmental evaluation (SEE) is necessary with this Plan update process.
WisDOT anticipates updating Appendix 10B of the Wisconsin Rail Plan 2030 in the future on an as-needed basis using the same public review process as this update.
The public is encouraged to provide feedback on the draft updated project listing tables. The entire plan is available on WisDOT’s Wisconsin Rail Plan 2030 webpage.
The comment deadline is February 26, 2020. Send comments to:
WisDOT Bureau of Planning and Economic Development
4822 Madison Yards Way, 6th Floor South
P.O. Box 7913
Madison, WI 53705
Fax: (608) 267-0294
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