Advocates say funding idea could bring Amtrak stop to Madison

After a long battle to bring passenger rail service through Madison, advocates say a new funding model could make an Amtrak stop in Madison possible, according to a report from the Wisconsin State Journal. A new funding model would shift more upfront operating costs for new passenger rail routes to the federal government, rather than locally. The proposal, included in President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure deal, includes $66 billion in new funding for passenger and freight rail projects. For the first two years of new rail routes operations, Amtrak would cover up to 100% of the initial capital expenses for new rail routes, according to the funding model. After that, the state would gradually take on more operating costs.