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18-month study planned for Howell-to-Ann Arbor commuter rail

18-month study planned for Howell-to-Ann Arbor commuter rail

From The Ann Arbor News: The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority has announced the start of a new technical study to determine the feasibility of WALLY commuter rail between Howell and Ann Arbor. WALLY is short for the "Washtenaw and Livingston Line," a proposed 27-mile rail service that would use existing freight tracks to carry passengers from Howell into Ann Arbor for work in the morning, and back out to Howell at the end of the work day. North-south commuter rail is a long-range project being considered as an alternative to ease traffic congestion along US-23. The new techn… ...
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Grand opening of the new Grand Rapids Amtrak station is Oct. 27, 2014

Grand opening of the new Grand Rapids Amtrak station is Oct. 27, 2014

Celebrate the grand opening of the Grand Rapid's Vernon J. Ehlers Amtrak Station at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. Located at 440 Century SW,  it is adjacent to Rapid Central Station and will integrate bus and rail transportation, offer more passenger amenities and streamline train operations. The special guest speaker is U.S. Senator Carl… ...
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Ceremony celebrates Troy Transit Center

Ceremony celebrates Troy Transit Center

From The Detroit News: More than 200 people witnessed the ribbon-cutting for the new Troy Transit Center Tuesday, including Brian Smiatacz, 36, who had two kids in tow. Four-year-old Adam, and Grace, 2, came outfitted with train engineer hats. "They've been waiting for a year for this to open," Smiatacz said. "We were watching it get b… ...
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October 2014 edition of On Track

October 2014 edition of On Track

Click here to save this file or to view it as a PDF in full screen. In this issue: a report on MARP's 41st Annual Meeting held at Durand Union Station John Guidinger's notes on the 2nd Michigan Rail Conference where you'll find out what a bogie is a South-of-the-Lake route update and information on upcoming public hearings - PLEASE PLAN… ...
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Amtrak trains often trickle into Toledo after rash of delays

Amtrak trains often trickle into Toledo after rash of delays

From The Toledo Blade: Christine Smith boarded Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited in Chicago on Tuesday night to visit a friend in Toledo. The train left Chicago two hours late and made it only about 15 miles to Indiana’s northwest corner, where it sat for about three hours, Ms. Smith recalled. By the time it got to Toledo, it was six hours be… ...
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MARP meets Oct. 18, 2014 in Grand Rapids

MARP meets Oct. 18, 2014 in Grand Rapids

MARP MEMBER MEETING Saturday, October 18, 2014 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Rapid Central Station Grand Rapids Transportation Center 250 Grandville Ave SW Grand Rapids MI 49503 Map & Directions MARP’s October 18, 2014 meeting will be in the Conference Room on the 2nd floor of the Grand Rapids Transportation Center, beginning at 10 a.m. O… ...
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Grand opening for new Troy station set for Oct. 14, 2014

Grand opening for new Troy station set for Oct. 14, 2014

From Trains Magazine: The grand opening for the Troy Multi-Modal Transit Center is scheduled for Oct. 14, 2014. Construction work on the transit center was completed in last fall, but a property dispute held up its opening. In late September, a settlement by Troy to acquire the land and lease the site to Amtrak was reached. This week the… ...
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Changes come to Michigan's famed 'BO' tower

Changes come to Michigan’s famed ‘BO’ tower

From Trains Magazine: Time has caught up with the famed "BO" tower in Kalamazoo this week. On Tuesday morning, signal crews working on Amtrak's Michigan Line upgrades retired the 44-lever Saxby & Farmer interlocking machine, marking the end of the tower era in western Michigan. For the time being, operators still work around the clock… ...
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Crews set to reconstruct rail crossing before opening Grand Rapids' new Amtrak station

Crews set to reconstruct rail crossing before opening Grand Rapids’ new Amtrak station

From The Grand Rapids Press: It's light at the end of the tunnel: the vacant, yet new, Amtrak station finally is set to connect to the rest of the region in the coming month. City crews are slated to shut down Century Avenue SW at 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, while CSX Corp. reconstructs its railroad crossing. It's one of the last steps… ...
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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,
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