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Amtrak adds more Wolverine trains for Christmas-New Years travel period

Amtrak adds more Wolverine trains for Christmas-New Years travel period

Amtrak is adding 12 additional Wolverine Service trains between Michigan and Chicago to provide expanded December and January holiday travel options. Amtrak will offer an additional eastbound and westbound Wolverine Service train daily between Chicago and Ann Arbor from Dec.26, 2014 through Jan. 4, 2014. Passengers should book their tickets now… ...
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December 2014 edition of OnTrack

December 2014 edition of OnTrack

Click here to save this file or to view it as a PDF in full screen. Inside you'll find: Hometown Christmas celebration at Niles Amtrak station on Saturday, December 6 Christmas Dinner at the Historic Durand Union Station, December 12 Trans4M Advocacy Day at the Capitol, Wednesday, December 10 Public Comment Due December 19 on Chicago-D… ...
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Open house Dec. 15, 2014 at the new Dearborn Amtrak station

Open house Dec. 15, 2014 at the new Dearborn Amtrak station

The city of Dearborn is hosting an open house 4 to 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 at the John Dingell Transit Center, 21201 Michigan Ave. The new 16,000-square-foot facility is the first of many steps to boost intermodal transportation and encourage more people to take the train when they travel. The transit center was funded entirely with… ...
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First train pulls out of new Dearborn Amtrak station

First train pulls out of new Dearborn Amtrak station

From Detroit Free Press: As Wolverine Train No. 351 to Chicago left Dearborn this morning, the Rev. John Koski was there, waving as it pulled away from the platform after picking up 68 passengers at the new John D. Dingell Transit Center shortly after 7 a.m. Koski, 64, of Dearborn and associate pastor of the city's Springwells Church, was… ...
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Via Rail eyeing private capital to build its own dedicated rail lines

Via Rail eyeing private capital to build its own dedicated rail lines

From the National Post (Canada): Via Rail Canada hopes to reduce congestion by building its own network of dedicated tracks, and the passenger rail service wants to enlist the help of private equity to do it. Currently, 90% of the track that Via uses is owned by Canadian National Railway Co., and this shared infrastructure can result in bottl… ...
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Three companies submit bids to operate Algoma Central

Three companies submit bids to operate Algoma Central

From the Sault Star: Three rail companies have submitted formal bids to operate the Algoma Central Railway passenger service between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst. The same three rail companies have also submitted bids to CN Rail to operate the tour train service. The ACR Passenger Service Working Group met Monday to hear CN Rail's take on t… ...
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Amtrak train stabbings suspect arraigned in Niles; preliminary exam set for Dec. 16

Amtrak train stabbings suspect arraigned in Niles; preliminary exam set for Dec. 16

From The Kalamazoo Gazette: A Saginaw man accused of stabbing four people on an Amtrak train in Niles Friday was arraigned today in Berrien County District Court. Michael Darnell Williams, 44, was formally charged with four counts of assault with intent to murder, according to the Berrien County Prosecutor's Office. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. He is being held in the Berrien County Jail on a $1 million bond. Williams' preliminary examination has been scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 16. He is expected to be represented by a court-appointed attorney, accord… ...
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Dearborn train station construction finally reaching the end of the line

Dearborn train station construction finally reaching the end of the line

From the Dearborn Press & Guide: Amtrak passengers have to wait just a few more days before taking advantage of the new station’s amenities. It is scheduled to open Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. The first train will roll into the new station, 21201 Michigan Ave. at 6:51 a.m. Amtrak is moving all of its operations from the current train… ...
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Car-train crashes happen about weekly in Michigan and are almost always avoidable, authorities say

Car-train crashes happen about weekly in Michigan and are almost always avoidable, authorities say

From M-live.com, The Kalamazoo Gazette: They are almost always avoidable. But whether because of impatience or negligence, vehicles and trains crashed about once a week in Michigan last year. There were 58 vehicle-train accidents in the state in 2013, including five in Kalamazoo County. That's up 35 percent from the 38 car-train crashes s… ...
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