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Plan unveiled in Sarnia for regional transportation improvements

Plan unveiled in Sarnia for regional transportation improvements

From the Sarnia Observer: Transportation expert Greg Gormick wants people to use public transportation to show politicians there is a demand for improvements, including three daily round-trip trains in Sarnia. Gormick unveiled an improvement plan for rail and bus service in southwestern Ontario during a presentation at Sarnia library on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Through the co-operation of municipal, provincial and federal politicians, Gormick wants to have 16 daily round trips on VIA's existing routes and 18 feeder bus lines serving 100 southwestern Ontario communities within five yea… ...
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$12 million in fixes for Chicago Union Station

$12 million in fixes for Chicago Union Station

From the Chicago Sun Times: Amtrak announced Thursday, January 28, 2015 a $12 million renovation project at Union Station that will include rehab of the marble stairway made famous in the movie “The Untouchables” as well as plans to commission a redesign of the often-congested concourse area where commuters board and de-board trains. Impr… ...
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New operator for Algoma Central looking more likely

New operator for Algoma Central looking more likely

From the Sault Star: A third-party operator expected to run Algoma Central Railway's Agawa Canyon Tour Train and passenger service offers "a new beginning" for the rail line. Al Errington, owner of Errington's Wilderness Island, calls Friday's announcement that will see the unnamed company with experience in passenger and tourism service "a s… ...
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February 2015 edition of OnTrack

February 2015 edition of OnTrack

Click here to save this file or to view it as a PDF in full screen. We welcome in the New Year with: Included in this issue: Amtrak Reauthorization approved by House T&I Committee Administration proposes multi-year transportation infrastructure plan Bob Johnston, writer for TRAINS Magazine, speaks at MARP meeting Understanding how… ...
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MDOT pays $1.1 million a year for rail cars it can't use

MDOT pays $1.1 million a year for rail cars it can’t use

From the Detroit Free Press: The State of Michigan is paying $1.1 million a year to lease 23 passenger rail cars it can't use — and likely won't use for at least another two years — as the taxpayer tab for the troubled project approaches $12 million and counting. The 1950s and '60s-era double-decker cars are sitting in a rail yard in Owos… ...
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Gandy Dancer in Ann Arbor could become a train station again

Gandy Dancer in Ann Arbor could become a train station again

From The Ann Arbor News: Could the castle-like building that houses the Gandy Dancer restaurant in Ann Arbor return to its former glory as a rail depot? That's an idea the city and its consultants are now exploring at the request of the federal government. Eli Cooper, the city's transportation program manager, said the Federal Railroad… ...
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Ann Arbor to Traverse City passenger rail to be discussed Feb. 16, 2015

Ann Arbor to Traverse City passenger rail to be discussed Feb. 16, 2015

Do you want a train from Traverse City to Ann Arbor?  Learn how rail is taking off in the state and what we can do to make a connection to southern Michigan a reality. When: Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 at 7 p.m. Where: State Theatre, Traverse City What: In 2012, Michigan created its first State Rail Plan, a $10 billion strategy for modernizin… ...
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January 2015 edition of OnTrack

January 2015 edition of OnTrack

Click here to save this file or to view it as a PDF in full screen. We welcome in the New Year with: the lame duck legislature's actions on road funding a report on the MARP executive committee retreat a look at the new Troy Transit Center CSX's "Oyster Express" Transit Riders United annual meeting coming up Amtrak's Midwest Wint… ...
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Save 20% on Amtrak tickets

Save 20% on Amtrak tickets

Amtrak is offering discounts on select routes in Michigan beginning January 5, 2015: Book your travel now through March 30, 2015, for travel January 5 through March 31, 2015, to save. Your trip could take you to shimmering shores of Lake Michigan or Lake Huron, or bring you as far as Grand Rapids or Detroit. Travel the following routes, includi… ...
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The Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers, Inc. (MARP)
was established in 1973 as a consumer advocacy group to:

• improve intercity rail and bus passenger service,
• improve local transit service,
• and encourage the preservation of historic railroad stations.

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