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M-1 Rail releases specifics on Detroit streetcar construction

M-1 Rail releases specifics on Detroit streetcar construction

From Progressive Railroading: M-1 Rail officials yesterday unveiled details of their construction plans for the Detroit streetcar project, which is set to begin on July 28. Construction activities, poised to start between Adams Street and Campus Martius, will include the closure of Woodward Avenue for the next 120 days, officials said in a press release. Work will include concrete removal, drainage and track installation, repaving and utility relocation. "Our goal is to ensure construction activities are completed safely and expeditiously with as little disruption as possible to b… ...
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Latest delay bogs Grand Rapids' new Amtrak station's opening

Latest delay bogs Grand Rapids’ new Amtrak station’s opening

From The Grand Rapids Press: The city's largely completed Amtrak station named after a former West Michigan congressman now isn't expected to open for passengers until early fall. Officials blame an underground sewer line below Buchanan Avenue SW for the latest holdup. The Vernon J. Ehlers Amtrak Station already has suffered more than a year… ...
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July 2014 edition of On Track

July 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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July 19, 2014 MARP meeting in Traverse City includes a special announcement

July 19, 2014 MARP meeting in Traverse City includes a special announcement

MARP MEMBER MEETING Sat., July 19, 2014 10:a.m. – 1 p.m. Traverse Area District Library 610 Woodmere Avenue Traverse City MI 49686 Map & Directions This joint meeting with the Michigan Land Use Institute will feature a roll-out of “Getting Back on Track: Uncovering the Potential for Trains in Traverse City”, a report analyzing the potential for restarting rail travel along an 11-mile stretch of track between Traverse City and Acme/Williamsburg. The report was authored by James Bruckbauer, MLUI transportation specialist, with the generous support of The National Associa… ...
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M-1 Rail construction to start July 28

M-1 Rail construction to start July 28

From the Detroit Free Press: Downtown business owners and commuters are in for a four-month adjustment to their routines once construction begins late next month on M-1 Rail, the 3.3-mile streetcar line that will stretch from downtown to New Center. M-1 officials announced that construction will begin on July 28, 2014 and will require the clo… ...
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Wayne County panel OKs $3 million for M-1 Rail

Wayne County panel OKs $3 million for M-1 Rail

From the Detroit Free Press: A committee of Wayne County Commissioners approved $3 million in funding for the M-1 Rail project June 3, as construction of the $160-million project should begin within the next 60 days. The funding, approved by the committee of the whole on a 10-5 vote and set to go before the full commission this week, will… ...
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3 sites under consideration for new Amtrak train station in Ann Arbor

3 sites under consideration for new Amtrak train station in Ann Arbor

From The Ann Arbor News: The list of sites being considered for a new Amtrak train station in Ann Arbor has been narrowed from eight to three. The three locations awaiting further review now include a stretch of track along North Main Street next to Argo Pond, the existing Amtrak site on Depot Street, and a parking lot on Fuller Road in front… ...
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Group unveils design for new Ann Arbor train station on stilts above tracks

Group unveils design for new Ann Arbor train station on stilts above tracks

From The Ann Arbor News: A conceptual design has emerged showing what a new Amtrak station could look like on stilts above the train tracks along Depot Street in Ann Arbor — on the same site as the existing station the city is considering replacing. A citizens group called Protect A2 Parks, which has been lobbying against building a train… ...
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MDOT to study rail line that would connect Grand Rapids, Lansing, Detroit

MDOT to study rail line that would connect Grand Rapids, Lansing, Detroit

From the Lansing State Journal: The Michigan Department of Transportation will study the viability of a passenger railroad line that would connect Holland to Detroit by way of Grand Rapids and Lansing. The rail line may never materialize, but the study is the first official step by the state to create a new rail line connecting Grand Rapids,… ...
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