The Wisconsin-Minnesota Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago (TCMC) Passenger Rail Project is being awarded a 31-point-eight-million dollar rail grant.  The T-C-M-C project will add an additional daily round-trip between the Twin Cities, La Crosse, Milwaukee, and Chicago and points in-between including Tomah and Wisconsin Dells, along the existing long-distance Amtrak Empire Builder route.  The service will be an extension of one of the existing Amtrak Hiawatha round trips.  Wisconsin Transportation Secretary-designee Craig Thompson said, “the expanded service provides a much-improved connection between the Midwest economic hubs of Minneapolis/St. Paul, La Crosse, Milwaukee and Chicago.”  Thompson says residents in many rural communities will have increased travel options, with better reliability and on-time performance.  The grant will require 21 million dollars in matching funds from the states.