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MiTrain promotional video

MiTrain promotional video

Here's a link to a video promoting MiTrain, rail cars for a proposed commuter train service between Ann Arbor and Howell. The proposal is also know as the Washtenaw and Livingston Line or WALLY. ...
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Troy Transit Center opening back on track after judge's ruling

Troy Transit Center opening back on track after judge’s ruling

From the Detroit Free Press: Officials in Troy were optimistic today that the city’s controversial Multi-Modal Transit Center would finally be able to open now that a judge has granted the city the title for the land. Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Leo Bowman’s order transferring the title is contingent upon the city paying the… ...
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Demolition underway for new East Lansing Amtrak station

Demolition underway for new East Lansing Amtrak station

From the Lansing State Journal: Demolition of the old Michigan State University Surplus Store and Printing Services buildings has begun, the first step in a remodel of the East Lansing Amtrak station that will create a new Capital Area Multi-Modal Station. The demolition launches construction of a multimillion-dollar project that will cre… ...
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MLUI report examines potential for rail in Traverse City

MLUI report examines potential for rail in Traverse City

A new report by the Michigan Land Use Institute describes the potential for running a train on an 11-mile stretch of railroad tracks between Traverse City and Williamsburg, Michigan. Getting Back on Track: Uncovering the Potential for Trains in Traverse City describes how rail travel could boost tourism and development in the area; the upgrades… ...
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August 2014 edition of On Track

August 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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ALL ABOARD! MARP's 41st annual meeting is Sept. 13, 2014

ALL ABOARD! MARP’s 41st annual meeting is Sept. 13, 2014

Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers 41st Annual Meeting Saturday, September 13, 2014 10:30 am – 2:30 pm Durand Union Station 200 Railroad Street, Durand MI 48429 (former Grand Trunk Western and Ann Arbor RR Depot) Keynote Speaker Thomas C. Carper Member, Amtrak Board of Directors Other invited speakers will discuss Detroit’s M-… ...
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Ride the "WALLY" cars at the Howell Melon Festival Aug. 15-17

Ride the “WALLY” cars at the Howell Melon Festival Aug. 15-17

Visitors to the Howell Melon Festival Aug. 15-17 will have the opportunity to see and to ride the bi-level “Mi-Train” passenger cars that could either be used for commuter service between Ann Arbor and Howell (known as the WALLY line) or Ann Arbor to Detroit. The cars will be available for free public tours on Friday, Aug. 15 after 4 p.m. Hou… ...
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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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