🔒 Development begins for prepare station enlargement at airport
Development begins for prepare station enlargement at airport
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Work has begun on an enlargement challenge for the prepare station at Milwaukee Mitchell Worldwide Airport, geared toward bettering on-and-off-boarding of prepare passengers taking the Amtrak Hiawatha Line between Chicago and Milwaukee.
Dubbed the “Milwaukee Airport Rail Station Second Platform and Pedestrian Overpass Challenge,” the Wisconsin Division of Transportation (WisDOT) challenge entails including a west-side platform and a pedestrian overpass connecting the prevailing station to the brand new platform.
The Milwaukee Airport Railroad Station (MARS) serves rail passengers connecting to flights at Mitchell, together with rail-only passengers using Amtrak’s Hiawatha service. The 1,600-square-foot heated facility consists of restrooms and a seating space. A free shuttle bus connects rail passengers to the airport terminal itself.
At present the platform, which is situated at 5601 S. sixth Road, alongside the western fringe of the airport, solely has one everlasting platform on the east aspect of the tracks, which implies passengers can solely get on and off the prepare in a single location. Having just one passenger platform can sluggish passenger on-and-off boarding and trigger delays for Amtrak and freight trains that use the identical observe, WisDOT says.
Funded by a 2017 Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Security Enhancements (CRISI) grant, the enlargement challenge will embody the development of an 800-foot-long concrete platform west of the tracks, elevator towers on the east and west sides of the tracks, an overhead pedestrian bridge, and 0.6 miles of observe surfacing together with some tie renewal.
Along with bettering mobility, the challenge may also assist put together the hall for future passenger rail service enlargement, WisDOT says.
Amtrak’s Hiawatha Service operates over observe owned by commuter rail service Metra between Chicago Union Station and Inexperienced Oaks, In poor health., and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) from Inexperienced Oaks, In poor health. to the Milwaukee Intermodal Station in downtown Milwaukee. MARS opened in 2005 and is among the solely rail stations within the Amtrak system that gives direct entry to an airport, in accordance with WisDOT.
Development work on the MARS enlargement challenge started final week, in accordance with WisDOT, and is predicted to wrap up in June of 2025.