MADISON (WAOW) -- Governor Jim Doyle spoke in Dane County this morning regarding Wisconsin's efforts to move forward with passenger rail between Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago. WAOW.com carried the news conference live.
Doyle said Thursday the announcement will generate local jobs and affect the future of a rail line between the three cities.
The Governor has been campaigning for stimulus funding to construct high-speed passenger rail in the state.
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Governor Doyle says Wisconsin is taking an historic step to become a national transportation leader. Doyle said, today we are embarking on a new era of passenger rail service that makes travel safe and comfortable and creates high quality jobs.
Doyle says the state has reached an agreement to purchase two Talgo train sets and for Talgo maintenance facilities to be established in Wisconsin. Each train set will include 14 cars.
Talgo is a Spanish train manufacturing company.
Doyle says the new passenger rail cars will be put into operation for Amtrak's daily service between Milwaukee and Chicago. The new cars increase capacity, lower fuel costs and provide a safe, comfortable, modern ride for passengers.
Doyle says the two facilities will create about 80 jobs for the people of Wisconsin.
Doyle says this partnership is an important part of growing the region's high speed rail transportation system between Milwaukee and Madison and ultimately to Minneapols/St. Paul.
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Doyle says he hopes to see the high speed rail service between Milwaukee and Madison in 3 to 4 years.
A spokesperson for the company says the company is a pioneer in delivering both construction and maintenance of the trains. He said, "Talgo is fully committed to working with the people of Wisconsin to make this project a total success." Talgo established operations in Washington State in 1993.
Talgo says the trains run at 110 miles an hour and can run with engines at either end in either push or pull mode. The company expects that the trains will be suitable for use anywhere in the United States.
Talgo says three kinds of workers will be involved: those who build the trains, those who build the maintenance faciliities and those who maintain the trains.