Joint Finance OKs federal funding of Milwaukee-Madison rail link

By Lee Bergquist of the Journal Sentinel

Posted: Feb. 16, 2010

Madison – The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee agreed Tuesday to accept $822 million in federal stimulus funds for high-speed rail linking Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago, but not before lawmakers wrangled over whether the project was necessary.

The panel voted to spend the funds, which had been sought by the Doyle administration, to provide high-speed passenger service between the three cities – and potentially connecting the Twin Cities.

The vote broke down two ways – 12-4 for $810 million to build the rail system and 16-0 for improvements on the existing rail line between Milwaukee and Chicago.