Progressive Rail Project

If cheaper land will attract Twin Cities business to the railway between Chippewa Falls and Cameron, leaders of the Wisconsin West Regional Transit Authority claim their investment can create 1,000 or more jobs in the next ten years.

Union Pacific owns that stretch of track right now, but they're not getting the return they're looking for because fewer cars cross the route.

So Progressive Rail, a short line operator from Minnesota, is hoping to improve the railway by bringing in big business.

The proposal includes investing $1.3 million into the effort.

"Our plan is to have no dollars coming from the county," said Pat Oman, President of the W.W.R.T.A. "This will be paid by D.O.T. grants and shipper surcharges on the cars."

Whether the deal will involve Progressive Rail owning the track or leasing it is still up in the air. They hope to start work on the railway by August.

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