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High speed rail press conference Tuesday

May 22, 2009

Students involved in the Wisconsin Student Public Interest Research Group, (WISPIRG) will stop at Maxim's At the Oconomowoc Depot, 115 E. Collins St., at 3 p.m. May 26 to hold a press conference in support of Wisconsin's proposed high speed rail route.

Forty students will travel from Green Bay to Milwaukee next week some by bicycle through each town to press conference locations. According to a press release from the WISPIRG, students will wear matching T-shirts and carry a giant map of the proposed train route. Events will also include a human-powered train with many people, much like a Chinese dragon costume.

The group will stop at the Downtown Transit Center in Milwaukee and the Brookfield Town Hall before making their way to Oconomowoc.

Gov. Jim Doyle and other top Midwestern officials are seeking $3.5 billion in federal stimulus money for the 110-mph regional rail that would connect Milwaukee to Madison.

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