LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – As Mayor Tim Kabat declared Saturday "Train Day" in La Crosse, he commended the rail system as an efficient and convenient mode of transportation.
In 2012, the "Empire Builder" single passenger train helped 28,000 people make the commute through La Crosse, according to city statistics.
The train travels between Chicago, Milwaukee, the Minnesota Twin Cities and the Pacific Northwest.
Kabat celebrated the importance of trains as part of the 6th annual National Train Day, mentioning that the city should add a second commuter line.
"The Twin Cities to the west and Chicago and Milwaukee to the east – it does provide a very viable alternative for people to travel, especially when you're planning business trips or conferences," Kabat said. "That's one of the reason's we're trying to add that second service because it would make that convenience and that cost factor even better."
More than 200 communities across the country are expected to celebrate National Train Day.
This year's theme was "Trains Matter."
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