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New Amtrak line connecting Milwaukee to Twin Cities begins Tuesday

All aboard, Milwaukee. There will be a new train route starting Tuesday from the Twin Cities and Chicago, with two stops in the city.

Amtrak’s Borealis is a new 12-stop train route between Chicago and St. Paul. It stops at both Milwaukee stations – at the Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport and the downtown station – and is the second daily round-trip passenger train between the destinations.

“Borealis will double passenger rail opportunities along a corridor connecting many Wisconsin businesses, universities, tourism destinations and communities,” said Craig Thompson, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, in an earlier news release announcing the route announced.

The route has been in the works since 2015 and was a $53 million project.

Train service begins at noon from St. Paul and in the late morning from Chicago. The route has eight stops in Wisconsin and the entire route takes approximately 7 hours and 24 minutes. The trains will take the current Empire Builder route between St. Paul and Milwaukee and the popular Hiawatha route between Milwaukee and Chicago, according to a DOT release.

The train will stop in Milwaukee at approximately 12:18 PM from the airport and at 12:34 PM from the downtown intermodal station, 433 W. St. Paul Ave.

“This route includes eight stations in Wisconsin, and doubling the frequency of service will better connect the many businesses, universities and tourist attractions along this corridor,” Thompson said in a news release.

According to a DOT release, the route is Minnesota’s first state-supported Amtrak service. The department estimates that 232,000 people will ride the new trains in the first year of full service.

Tickets start at $41 each way, with discounts for various groups such as children, students, seniors, veterans, military members and their families, and others, according to a news release. Business class seats are available at a higher rate.

The Borealis line also offers food and beverage service and free Wi-Fi.

This article originally appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: New Milwaukee Amtrak train to Twin Cities, Chicago begins Tuesday