About Us

The Wisconsin River Rail Transit Commission (WRRTC) was created by act of the Wisconsin Legislature in 1980 with the purpose of protecting and preserving freight rail corridor in southern Wisconsin.  The Commission is made of eight counties, each with three appointed representatives.  The Commission meets monthly at open, public meetings, and in order to fulfill it's purpose, takes on a number of tasks, including:
  • Permitting and approval of private, at grade-crossings;
  • Approval of construction projects affecting the corridor;
  • Review of lease or sale of portions of corridor;
  • Other needs, as they arise.

The Commission performs the above functions in close coordination with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Wisconsin and Southern Rail (the operator for much of the corridor).  The Commission contracts with Southwestern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission for staffing.