Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Project Name

Chicago-Milwaukee Tier 1 Environmental Assessment/Service Development Plan


Chicago, IL-Milwaukee, WI

Project Description

Quandel Consultants is under contract with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) to develop a Tier I EA and Service Development Plan for the proposed increase in passenger rail service on Amtrak’s Hiawatha Service between Chicago and Milwaukee. The EA will analyze the potential environmental impacts from increasing the Amtrak Hiawatha Service from 7 intercity daily round trips to 10 daily round trips. The planned service upgrade is a multi-agency effort between WisDOT, IDOT and Amtrak with input from Canadian Pacific Railway (CP), Metra, and Union Pacific Railroad (UP). Quandel staff is responsible for significant stakeholder engagement including railroad coordination, agency coordination, and public involvement for the duration of the project.  Quandel will also analyze the probable impacts to the environment due to the proposed project and will document all findings in an Environmental Assessment.  The Service Development Plan will demonstrate the operational and financial feasibility of the preferred alternative and present the overall plan for implementing the project.