Changes come to Milwaukee's train station

Boarding area under construction for 18 months
Posted at 7:07 AM, Jun 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-23 08:11:30-04
MILWAUKEE -- $22 million worth of changes have come to the Milwaukee Intermodal Station.
After 18 months of construction, the passenger boarding area has been completely revamped.
The new structure spans 121 feet, is 400 feet long and 56 feet from ground level to top of roof. It includes:
  • A custom fabricated 3-D tubular truss roof with skylights
  • A mezzanine, spanning five tracks, and three raised boarding platforms
  • Stairways
  • Escalators
  • Elevators
  • State-of-the-art hearing technology for the hard of hearing
  • Ventilation systems
  • Lighting and signage
  • A rehabilitated passenger tunnel for emergency egress 
The Amtrak Hiawatha Service offers seven daily round trips Mondays through Saturdays and six round-trips on Sundays between Milwaukee and Chicago.
For the summer months, late night trips are offered on Saturdays with Train 343, departing from Chicago at 11:10 p.m. and Train 344, departing from Milwaukee at 10:40 p.m.
Other recent improvements to the Hiawatha Service include trainside checked bicycles, welcoming of small pets and kids riding free this summer on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.