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Officials from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Amtrak were on the UW Oshkosh campus Friday to spread the word about a new transportation option.

A new Amtrak Thruway Bus Service now provides two daily round-trip buses between Green Bay and Milwaukee, with stops in Appleton, Oshkosh and Fond du Lac. The service has connection options to and from Chicago using Amtrak Hiawatha trains. It is being provided by Amtrak in coordination with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

The service will allow travelers to make a same-day round trip between the I-41 cities and Chicago, as well as Milwaukee’s Mitchell Airport, Sturtevant and Glenview, Illinois.

The bus stop at UW Oshkosh is located on Osceola Street, next to Gruenhagen Conference Center.

Cheryl Green, UW Oshkosh vice chancellor of student affairs, expressed appreciation and gratitude to the Department of Transportation and Amtrak for expansion of transportation options to the Fox Valley region. She said students often have challenges connected to transportation—whether it relates to cost, proximity, reliability, scheduling or other limitations.

The collaboration, she said, can yield increased ridership and ultimately, increased retention of students.

More information is available at AmtrakHiawatha.com or at 1-800-USA-RAIL.