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High Speed Rail Feasability Assessment

This study included a feasibility assessment of four potential high-speed rail stations in Madison, Wisconsin as well as a rail operational analysis between Milwaukee and Madison. Working closely with the Wisconsin DOT, preliminary alternatives for Madison stations were defined and evaluated.

These were based on an extensive list of criteria, which ultimately lead to the selection by WisDOT of the Monona Terrace downtown as its preferred location for Madison’s high speed rail station. Additionally, the consultant team prepared models to analyze impacts of alternative service level changes between Milwaukee and Madison on overall passenger rail ridership and travel times.

The DAAR team also prepared a more detailed feasibility assessment for the Monona Terrace station site based on the findings of the study described above. This assessment included concept layouts and renderings of two potential specific station locations, which illustrated potential station design, horizontal/vertical circulation and associated rail infrastructure.

Project Deliverables:

  • Baseline analysis and document review
  • Feasibility Assessment Report document
  • Travel time and ridership analysis
  • Infrastructure cost estimates
  • Madison station design concept sketches