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Talgo sues Gov. Walker, DOT Secretary over defaulted payments

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Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Train manufacturer Talgo has sued Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb.

The Spanish company says the state of Wisconsin defaulted on owed payments of $4.6 million.

The suit filed Friday originates in a contract signed by former Governor Jim Doyle with Talgo for construction of two sets of trains to run on a planned high-speed line between Madison and Milwaukee.

Walker rejected more than $800 million in federal money which would have paid for the project. The state had planned to use the two sets on the Hiawatha line between Milwaukee and Chicago, but they are currently sitting in a warehouse waiting to be tested.

Each said says the other is responsible for covering the costs of testing and the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee has refused to pay for a maintenance facility for the trains in Madison which was promised in the original agreement. 

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