Decision in Talgo’s $65.9 million train claim expected by May 20

From Milwaukee Business Journal:

A rendering of Talgo's Wisconsin high-speed trains
A rendering of Talgo’s Wisconsin high-speed trains

The Wisconsin Claims Board will make a decision by May 20, 2014 on Talgo Inc.’s claim against the state of Wisconsin over two trains the manufacturer will soon move from Milwaukee.

Talgo  filed the claim in November 2013 against the state of Wisconsin,  arguing it is owed $65.9 million over a disputed 2009 train-manufacturing contract. The trains were to run on Amtrak’s Hiawatha route between Milwaukee and Chicago, but the two parties have been locked in a debate over them since the Legislature denied money to build a maintenance facility for the sets.

The state Claims Board was scheduled to discuss the item in a private closed session today. The board will issue a written decision within 20 days, according to Patti Reardon, program and policy analyst in the Wisconsin Department of Administration Division of Legal Services.

The two trains have been in storage in a city-owned building Talgo is leasing in Milwaukee. The company now plans to  move them out of the facility.


Admin’s note: The Michigan Department of Transportation has expressed interest in purchasing these train sets from Talgo.