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Talgo trains could be used in Michigan's transit system

The AMTRAK Pere Marquette passenger train pulling into the Padnos Transportation Center in Holland, MI
The AMTRAK Pere Marquette passenger train pulling into the Padnos Transportation Center in Holland, MI

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Two ill-fated high speed trains have left Wisconsin -- and they could end up being used as transit units in neighboring Michigan.  

Former Governor Jim Doyle brought in Talgo of Spain to build the trains, which were going to be used for a high speed route from Milwaukee to Madison and eventually to Minneapolis-St. Paul.  

Current Governor Scott Walker killed the project and gave back $810 million for the Milwaukee-Madison stretch. Wisconsin taxpayers shelled out $52 million for the Talgo trains, before the state ended the payments.  

The trains have been at Talgo's Milwaukee facility since then -- but the company says they'll now go to an Amtrak maintenance building in Beech Grove Indiana. Talgo says it will have lower storage costs there.  

Michigan's DOT is considering a purchase of the trains for its transit fleet.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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