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East Lansing rail, bus station to be 'substantially complete' in mid-August 2015

East Lansing rail, bus station to be ‘substantially complete’ in mid-August 2015

From The Lansing State Journal: A new rail and bus station in East Lansing will take longer to build than planned because construction bids came in nearly $2 million over budget. The $10.5 million project, which would replace the city’s 40-year-old train station near Harrison and Trowbridge roads, will be sent out for new bids after contr… ...
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$2.2-million federal subsidy for Algoma Central Railway passenger service extended

$2.2-million federal subsidy for Algoma Central Railway passenger service extended

From the Sault Star: Algoma Central Railway (ACR) passenger rail trains will continue to chug along between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst — for the time being — due to the extension of a $2.2-million federal subsidy to CN. But that money dries up next March 31 and, as Transport Minister Lisa Raitt told stakeholders and media in Sault Ste. M… ...
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BWL's train depot restoration draws attention and appreciation from Lansing community

BWL’s train depot restoration draws attention and appreciation from Lansing community

From The Lansing State Journal: Beginning in late 2007, J. Peter Lark dedicated almost six years of his life to developing a 21st-century answer to the Board of Water & Light’s need for a power plant that produced affordable electricity and steam while significantly reducing the emissions associated with burning coal. Almost 10 months… ...
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Rail station delays add to Dearborn’s contract costs

Rail station delays add to Dearborn’s contract costs

From the Dearborn Press and Guide: The Dearborn city council approved at its meeting Tuesday the addition of about $185,000 to its contract with Neumann Smith, which is providing architect and engineer services for the city’s new Intermodal Passenger Rail Station, bringing the total to about $2.7 million. “The project was originally sched… ...
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Track replacement continues in Kalamazoo

Track replacement continues in Kalamazoo

From News Channel 3 in Kalamazoo: Amtrak will continue replacing some of its tracks in Kalamazoo Wednesday, which will impact drivers. These are the areas you may want to avoid for the next couple weeks: Wednesday, Harrison Street is closed until the 20th. By Friday the 18th Porter Street should be open, but on Saturday Wallbridge Street will be closed until the 22nd. Detours will be posted, but they will change as different roads are closed. Everything should be back to normal by Tuesday of next week. Source: http://wwmt.com/shared/news/features/top-stories/stories/wwmt_trac… ...
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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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