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"Industries, jobs and taxes want to go where the railroad is."
       Wick Moorman, CEO Norfolk Southern, Congressional Testimony 4/24/2013

Wisconsin Central Group is an ad hoc rail freight stakeholders coalition dedicated to increasing economy opportunity and competitiveness throughout Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Central and Great Lakes Forest Region by working collaboratively to increase freight on the region's lighter density rail lines. More About WCGroup.


Latest News & Commentary



CN and WCGroup Will Participate in Forestry Conference, 6/24/2013.
Posted 06/03/2013

U.S. Congressman Dan Benishek (MI-1), Sean Duffy (WI-7), and Reid Ribble (WI-8) will host the event at Potawatomi Carter Casino Hotel in Wabeno, Wisconsin, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The conference goal is to highlight current policies that impact forestry and discuss opportunities that will allow better utilization forest resources across the three congressional districts. Rep. Ribble will moderate the panel on “Timber Transportation Issues” including Tom Tisa, CN's Director, Network Strategies and Chair of the CN Advisory Board, along with Board members and WCGroup participants, D.J. Aderman, President, Futurewood Corp., and Jake Hayrynen, Forest Products Manager, JM Longyear. More

Upcoming for CN Advisory Board, Log and Intermodal Working Committees.
Posted 06/01/2013

The CN Advisory Board will meet at 10:00 a.m. Monday, July 8, 2013, at the Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, WI, immediately ahead of the 2013 Summer Meeting of the Midwest Association of Rail Shippers. The CN/WCGroup Log and Intermodal Working Committees are expected to hold initial meetings this month.

The State of Intermodal Transportation in Wisconsin,
CSCMP Northeast Wisconsin Roundtable, Green Bay, 4/3/2013
Posted 05/16/2013

WCGroup counsel and WMC/WCGroup transportation liaison, Jason Culotta, attended. The keynote presentation, by TTX, provided global and specific insights on “Intermodal Trade and Industry Trends”. “Intermodal Options in Wisconsin” examined WI intermodal services from shipper, dray, third-party and railroad (CN) perspectives. “Intermodal Developments and Equipment Access” addressed how intermodal networks and services in WI have evolved, concluding with a presentation of “Intermodal Demand in Northeast Wisconsin,” including more detail on the shipper survey and conclusion presented to the Brown County Port/Rail Committee on 3/26/2013. More

WCGroup Support for Northwoods Rail Transit Commission.
Posted 05/16/2013

WCGroup counsel attended NRTC's meeting at Rhinelander on 3/27/2013. CN representatives participated. WisDOT presented results of a shipper survey, as a general proposition, indicated ample traffic potential for the lines. WisDOT is planning a further economic development study. WCG reported on its assistance, pro bono, providing NRTC draft legal documents to extend NRTC membership to include counties in Upper Michigan, as WCGroup had previously recommended. More

WCGroup, Brown County Port/Rail Committee 3/26/2013.
Posted 05/16/2013

WCGroup counsel and CN representatives participated at the Committee meeting including Brown County Executive Troy Steckenbach, other public officials, Georgia-Pacific, Proctor & Gamble and the Escanaba and Lake Superior Railroad. Shipper survey results, as a general proposition, indicated ample traffic potential to support an intermodal terminal in the Brown County area. More

Wood Pellets, A Green Opportunity for Northwoods Rail Freight.
Posted 05/16/2013

Leading WI-based producers of wood pellets for fuel met with representatives of DOA State Energy Office, DATCP's International Trade Representative, CFIRE (National Center for Freight & Infrastructure Research and Education, at UW-Madison), and MAFC (Mid-America Freight Coalition). WCGroup counsel and a Canadian National representative (providing expertise in wood pellet export markets) participated in the meeting at Rhinelander 4/18/2013. More



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