This site was actively used over the period 2005-2011 as the necessary technical and environmental studies to permit the Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee (KRM) commuter rail project to proceed to implementation were conducted. These studies were initiated in 2005 by an Intergovernmental Partnership of the County Executives and Mayors of Kenosha, Milwaukee, and Racine, the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, and the Chairman of the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission. In July 2009, the studies were continued by the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (SERTA), which was created by the Wisconsin State Legislature and Governor in the 2009-2011 Wisconsin State budget specifically to oversee the development of a KRM commuter rail service. In June 2011, the State Legislature and Governor repealed the State law creating SERTA, requiring SERTA to dissolve in September 2011, and resulting in the indefinite postponement of the KRM commuter rail studies. As such, links within the site relating to submittal of comments and questions, and sign-up for email updates have been de-activated.


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Alternatives Analysis/Draft Environmental Impact Statement

As part of the Environmental Impact Statement and Project Development phase of the KRM Alternatives Analysis, a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) has been prepared by the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, on behalf of an Intergovernmental Partnership (IGP) of the Counties and Cities of Kenosha, Racine and Milwaukee, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WISDOT), and the Regional Planning Commission. The DEIS is one necessary component of this phase, and has been approved by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

The other component is the Alternatives Analysis, which involves reviewing and refining the commuter rail and bus alternatives considered to date, and recommending one for implementation. The Alternatives Analysis process is described in the DEIS document, culminating in the selection of the Commuter Rail Alternative as the Locally Preferred Alternative by the KRM Steering Committee in November of 2006. The commuter rail and bus alternatives were further refined in June 2010, with an application submitted by the Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (SERTA) to the FTA requesting permission to initiate Preliminary Engineering (PE) under the FTA’s discretionary “New Starts” funding program. FTA funding will depend on how the project compares to other similar projects nationwide based on FTA project criteria, including cost effectiveness. To view or download the full application, click on the following link:

Should the FTA approve the “New Starts” application, the SERTA Board of Directors would decide whether or not to initiate PE on a KRM commuter rail line. FTA permission to enter PE is necessary to continue project development on a KRM commuter rail line, and to potentially obtain an FTA “New Starts” discretionary grant to provide the Federal share of costs associated with implementing the line. A Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) would also be prepared during PE.

The DEIS has been prepared and filed according to the State and National Environmental Policy Acts and is now available for public comment. The document describes a full range of commuter rail and bus alternatives, the affected environment, and an analysis of the environmental impacts of each alternative in the Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee corridor. The analysis includes the effects on land use, noise, vibration, and air quality, as well as the impacts on natural resources such as ecosystems and water resources. To view or download the full document, click on the following link:

Three public hearings were held September 14-16, 2009, in the Cities of Racine, Kenosha, and Milwaukee, respectively, to obtain comments on the DEIS. The public hearings were conducted in “open house” format, with exhibits on display and project staff available to answer questions about the DEIS or any other aspect of the project. A short project presentation was also made during each hearing.

At the hearings, attendees were able to provide written comments or give oral comments to court reporters at any time during the two hour time frame. In addition, written comments were accepted through October 5, 2009. Although the public comment period has ended, comments regarding any aspect of the project are always welcome, and can be sent via the KRM website, or by email, mail, or fax:

  • E-mail:
  • U.S. Mail: KRM Commuter Link, P.O. Box 1607, Waukesha, WI 53187-1607
  • Fax: (262) 547-1103

Record of Public Comments on the KRM DEIS

A record of public comments received on the DEIS was recently prepared. This record includes a summary of the written and oral comments received during the formal public comment period, as well as the comments themselves, attendance records from the public hearings, materials announcing those hearings, materials distributed at those hearings, and newspaper articles pertaining to the DEIS. To view the record of public comments, click on this link:

Public Hearing Display Boards

To view the display boards used at the September 2009 public hearings, click on this link:

Public Hearing Presentation

To view the presentation given at each of the September 2009 public hearings, click on this link:

Public Viewing Locations for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement

In addition to the groups, agencies, organizations, and individuals directly receiving copies, the KRM DEIS was also made available for review and comment at the following public locations by any individual, citizen group, or public agency. The DEIS can still be reviewed at these locations during normal business hours.

Federal, State, and Regional Offices

  • Federal Transit Administration Regional Office
    200 W. Adams Street, Suite 320, Chicago IL 60606
    Phone (312) 353-2789
    Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00am-5:00pm.
  • Wisconsin Department of Transportation Hill Farms State Office Building - Library
    4802 Sheboygan Avenue, First Floor, Room 100, Madison WI 53707
    Phone (608) 264-8142
    Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30am-5:00pm.
  • Wisconsin Department of Transportation Southeast Region Offices - Library
    141 N.W. Barstow Street, East Wing, Second Floor Reception Desk, Waukesha WI 53186
    Phone (262) 548-5902
    Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-3:00pm (by appointment only for the general public).
  • Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission Offices
    W239 N1812 Rockwood Drive, Waukesha WI 53186
    Phone (262) 547-6721
    Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm.

County Offices

  • Kenosha County Department of Public Works
    19600 75th Street, Bristol WI 53104, Phone (262) 857-1870
    Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm.
  • Milwaukee County Department of Public Works - City Campus
    2711 W. Wells Street, Suite 300, Milwaukee WI 53208
    Phone (414) 278-5096
    Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm.
  • Racine County Department of Public Works - Ives Grove Office Complex
    14200 Washington Avenue, Sturtevant WI 53177
    Phone (262) 886-8440
    Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm.

Local Libraries in the KRM Corridor

  • Kenosha Public Libraries:
    • Simmons Library
      711 59th Place, Kenosha WI 53140
      Phone (262) 564-6100
      Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-8:00pm. Friday, 9:00am-6:00pm. Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm.
    • Northside Branch - 1500 27th Avenue, Kenosha WI 53140
      Phone (262) 564-6100
      Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-9:00pm. Friday, 9:00am-6:00pm. Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm. Sunday, Noon-4:00pm (September – May).
  • Carthage College - Hedberg Library
    2001 Alford Park Drive, Kenosha WI 53140
    Phone (262) 551-5900
    Summer 2009 Library Hours:
    Sunday, 1:00pm-10:00pm. Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-10:00pm. Friday, 7:30am-5:00pm. Saturday, 8:00am-5:00pm.
    2009-2010 School Year Library Hours:
    Monday-Thursday, 7:00am-12:00 midnight. Friday, 7:00am-10:00pm. Saturday, 7:30am-6:00pm. Sunday, 12:00 noon-12:00 midnight.
  • Racine Public Library
    75 Seventh Street, Racine WI 53403
    Phone (262) 636-9241
    Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-8:00pm. Friday & Saturday, 11:00am-4:00pm.
    Sunday, 1:00pm-4:00pm (from October – Mid May with holiday exceptions).
  • Oak Creek Public Library
    8620 S. Howell Avenue, Oak Creek WI 53154
    Phone (414)764-4400
    Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 10:00am-8:30pm. Thursday, 12:00pm-8:30pm. Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm. Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm. Sunday, 1:00pm-4:00pm (closed on Sundays in June, July and August).
  • South Milwaukee Public Library
    1907 10th Avenue, South Milwaukee WI 53172
    Phone (414) 768-8195
    Summer Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 9:00am-8:00pm. Thursday, 9:00am-6:30pm.
    Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. Saturday, 9:00am-4:00pm. Closed Sundays.
  • Cudahy Family Library
    3500 Library Drive, Cudahy WI 53110
    Phone (414) 769-2244
    Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10:00am-8:00pm. Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm (September-May).
    Saturday, 12:00 noon-4:00pm (June, July, August). Sunday, 12:00 noon-4:00pm.
  • St. Francis Public Library
    4230 S. Nicholson Avenue, St. Francis WI 53235
    Phone (414) 481-7323
    Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10:00am-8:00pm. Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm. Saturday, 9:00am-4:00pm (Labor Day to Memorial Day). Saturday, 9:00am-1:00pm (Memorial Day-Labor Day). Sunday, 1:00pm-4:00pm (Labor Day to Memorial Day). Closed Sundays (Memorial Day to Labor Day).
  • Milwaukee Public Libraries:
    • Central Library - 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee WI 53233
      Phone (414) 286-3000
      Hours: Monday-Tuesday, 9:00am-7:00pm. Wednesday-Saturday, 9:00am-5:30pm.
      Sunday, 1:00pm-5:00pm (October-April).
    • Bay View Branch - 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Avenue, Milwaukee WI 53207
      Phone (414) 286-3019
      Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10:00am-8:30pm. Friday & Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm.
    • Tippecanoe Branch - 3912 S. Howell Avenue, Milwaukee WI 53207
      Phone (414) 286-3085
      Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 12:30pm-8:30pm. Thursday-Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm.
      Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm (September-May).
  • City of Milwaukee Legislative Reference Bureau Library - City Hall
    200 E. Wells Street, Room B-11, Milwaukee WI 53202
    Phone (414) 286-8818
    Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:45pm.

Latest Newsletter

The newest edition of the project newsletter summarizes the Alternatives Analysis/Draft Environmental Impact Statement, including descriptions of the alternatives considered and the Locally Preferred Alternative, a summary of the costs and benefits of the Commuter Rail Alternative, and the next steps for the project. To view or download this newsletter, click on the following link:

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