Chicago – Milwaukee Environmental Assessment and Service Development Plan
Quandel Consultants is under contract with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) to develop an Environmental Assessment (EA) and Service Development Plan for a proposed increase in passenger rail service on Amtrak’s Hiawatha Service between Chicago and Milwaukee. The EA will analyze the environmental impacts that result from increasing the number of intercity daily round trips from 7 to 10 and from increasing speeds from a maximum of 79 MPH to a maximum of 90 MPH.
Quandel is responsible for stakeholder engagement planning including railroad coordination, agency coordination, and public involvement. The Service Development Plan will demonstrate the operational and financial feasibility of the preferred alternative and present an overall plan for implementing the improved service.
Quandel engaged in working group meetings with railroad stakeholders in order to identify the infrastructure improvements necessary to support the increase in daily round trips. Projects include new signal installations, the addition of a second platform at the Milwaukee Airport Amtrak station, the addition of crossovers, and the extensions of passing sidings.