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.