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Public meeting on Amtrak set


The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is about to enter into a public-private   venture to rehabilitate the current Amtrak Station at 433 W. St. Paul Ave. in   Milwaukee.


A public information meeting will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 9 at   the station’s first-floor lobby. A brief presentation is scheduled for 5:15   p.m. The meting will offer the public an opportunity to provide comments and   learn more about this effort.


The station was built in 1965 and WisDOT purchased it in 2000. A joint development   partnership between WisDOT and the Milwaukee Intermodal Partners will be established   to initiate this effort. The renovated station will become an intermodal hub   that will become the gateway to Milwaukee. Included in the vision for the station   is a pedestrian-friendly walkway from the station to Wisconsin Avenue, intracity   bus service, retail space, ticket offices and food vendors. Eventually, fiber   optic cable will enable commuters to access rail transit and General Mitchell   International Airport flight schedules.


The Milwaukee Intermodal Passenger station will offer positive economic development   to the downtown central business district, provide additional retail exposure   and encourage tourism. The facility is expected to be complete in 2005 and will   serve about 1.3 million people per year, up from the current 400,000.


PSC schedules transmission line hearings


Madison – The Public Service Commission has scheduled three public hearings   in October along the proposed route of the Arrowhead-Weston transmission line   project.


  • Oct. 1, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Solon Springs Community Center, 11523   S. Business 53, Solon Springs

  • Oct. 2, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Association, 608 Summit   Ave., Ladysmith

  • Oct. 3, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Rib Mountain Municipal Center, 3700 N.   Mountain Road, Wausau


In addition to receiving oral and written testimony at the public hearings,   the PSC also set a time period from Sept. 16-24 where public testimony on the   Arrowhead-Weston transmission line project can be submitted in writing. Written   testimony should include the person’s name and address and can be sent to: Jim   Lepinski, Docket Coordinator, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, P.O. Box   7854 Madison, 53707-7854.


Technical hearings on the Arrowhead-Weston transmission line project are slated   to begin Sept. 16 in Madison.


The testimony from the public hearings, the public’s written testimony and   the technical hearings will be part of the record that is developed for the   PSC to review as it considers all the different aspects of the Arrowhead-Weston   transmission line project.


In October 2001, the PSC approved the application from the American Transmission   Company, Wisconsin Public Service and Minnesota Power to construct a 210-mile   345-kilovolt transmission line linking the Arrowhead substation near Duluth,   Minn., with the Weston substation near Wausau.


The PSC reopened the case in December 2002 after receiving a revised cost estimate   from the applicants.

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