With Foxconn Technology Group's plans for a major manufacturing campus in Mount Pleasant, the train could play a role in taking people to work.
The planning for two major people movers in southeastern Wisconsin that could benefit high-tech manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group is moving on separate tracks, with state officials seeing greater urgency for the widening of I-94 south of Milwaukee.
Construction work has started on the freeway project, but progress on the long-awaited expansion of Amtrak passenger service between Milwaukee and Chicago — a route that virtually runs through Foxconn's future campus — is moving at a slower pace.
Taiwan-based Foxconn, a maker of liquid crystal display panels, will put new transit and logistical demands on the region when it constructs a manufacturing complex — the state’s largest — in Mount Pleasant in Racine County that could employ up to 13,000 people.
Arun Rao, DOT’s passenger rail manager, told a city panel he expected an environmental assessment on more Amtrak service would be finished this spring.
Bauman, chairman of the city’s Public Transportation Review Board, said Foxconn could shuttle employees from the Sturtevant station, presumably many from Milwaukee, a short distance to its complex.
Also, President Donald Trump had a public hand in the Foxconn deal and has touted the company’s plans as an example of his administration’s efforts to bolster domestic manufacturing.
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