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Questions remain about Wisconsin's proposed high-speed train

An investigation by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and University of Wisconsin-Madison journalism students found gaps in one of the state’s biggest proposed stimulus projects: a half-a-billion-dollar high-speed passenger rail line between Madison and Milwaukee. They found that in some cases, the trains wouldn’t match current commuting and travel routes. And officials are calling the rail line “high-speed” even though the train likely would average about 70 miles per hour the first few years. Even if Wisconsin wins federal funding for the project, state taxpayers will pay millions each year to operate the new 85-mile passenger rail line.

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