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Troy council votes to offer $1.05 million to developer for Troy Transit Center property

Troy council votes to offer $1.05 million to developer for Troy Transit Center property

From Crain's Detroit Business: The Troy City Council voted 7-0 April 7, 2014,  to authorize an offer of $1.05 million to Grand/Sakwa Properties LLC, to reacquire the 2.7-acre Troy Transit Center property after the courts found it had reverted to private ownership. The vote authorizes the city to make that offer, based on funding from the… ...
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April 2014 edition of On Track

April 2014 edition of On Track

Click here to save this file or to view it as a PDF in full screen. We hope you enjoy the issue and that you will let us hear your comments and suggestions. If you would like to write a story or suggest an item to be covered, email us at marprail@yahoo.com For those without a PDF reader, click on the images below to view them full screen. Pa… ...
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Train service between Holland and Detroit gains supporters, study planned

Train service between Holland and Detroit gains supporters, study planned

From The Grand Rapids Press: For 30 years, West Michigan residents have been able to travel between Grand Rapids and Chicago through Amtrak’s Pere Marquette rail service. Now there’s a statewide effort underway to look into whether a train running between Holland and Detroit is feasible, and the idea is generating support from a local met… ...
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Michigan railroad study planned

Michigan railroad study planned

From the Holland Sentinel: Want to take the train into Detroit for a day trip or get some work done on your morning commute to Lansing? Michigan isn't there yet, but it's taking the first steps toward passenger rail from Holland to Detroit and points in between with a proposed feasibility study for the project. “This is really an opportunity to get started. This is a long-term issue,” said John Langdon, governmental and public affairs coordinator with the Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers. Following the first successful study, more would follow. The project could take 10… ...
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State OKs $10-million loan to Detroit's M-1 Rail line

State OKs $10-million loan to Detroit’s M-1 Rail line

From the Detroit Free Press: The odds that Detroiters will be riding a Woodward Avenue streetcar line by late 2016 rose Tuesday thanks to a $10-million loan from the state to the planned M-1 Rail line. The Michigan Strategic Fund, meeting in Detroit, voted Tuesday to approve the $10-million loan to M-1. As part of M-1’s complex, multilayered financing plan, the state money will serve as a sort of bridge loan to help free up some of the money from longer-term pledges. The MSF supported the state loan in part because of the long-term economic development expected to result from cons… ...
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What you need to know about M-1 Rail

What you need to know about M-1 Rail

From the Detroit Free Press: ■ M-1 Rail will offer streetcar services along Woodward Avenue from Jefferson downtown to Grand Boulevard in New Center, running about 3 miles with at least 11 stations. ■ Groundbreaking is in the spring. The first passengers could be riding in fall 2016. The cars will run curbside with the flow of traffic on newly… ...
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M-1 Rail groundbreaking nears amid hopes for a broader regional system

M-1 Rail groundbreaking nears amid hopes for a broader regional system

From the Detroit Free Press: The long-awaited M-1 Rail project has a new route map, a promised spring groundbreaking and soon, maybe, a new name. Naming rights will be sold as part of the marketing plan for the $140-million M-1 Rail line — so look for it to be called anything from the Little Caesars Express to the Quicken Loans Choo-Choo.… ...
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MARP meets April 5, 2014 in downtown Detroit

MARP meets April 5, 2014 in downtown Detroit

MARP Member Meeting Saturday, April 5, 2014, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wayne County Community College (Downtown Campus, Room 236) 1001 W Fort, Detroit MI 48226 313.496.2600 Map & Directions    The April 5 general membership meeting will take place at the downtown Detroit campus of Wayne County Community College (WCCCD), 1001 W Fort St, Room 236. Look for the modern building, attractively landscaped, on the south side of Fort Street immediately west of the Lodge Freeway. There is ample off-street parking in 2 lots at the west end of the building.   Dr. Frank Dunbar and h… ...
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Troy Transit Center condemnation lawsuit thrown out

Troy Transit Center condemnation lawsuit thrown out

From The Detroit News: Months after construction was completed on Troy’s new multimodal transit center, passengers hoping to catch a train at the $6.3 million facility are still out in the cold. On a frigid morning last week, Troy dentist Keith Kelley stood at the outdoor train platform on the Birmingham side of the tracks, waiting to catch… ...
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