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M-1 Rail selects Czech-based Inekon Group to build Detroit's streetcars

M-1 Rail selects Czech-based Inekon Group to build Detroit’s streetcars

From M-1 Rail: M-1 RAIL announced it has selected a vendor and will begin negotiations for the design and build of the individual streetcars, which will run along the Woodward Avenue route beginning in 2016.  The value of the contract is expected to be approximately $30 million for six separate custom coaches that will feature both regulatory co… ...
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Amtrak schedules extra trains for Thanksgiving travel

Amtrak schedules extra trains for Thanksgiving travel

In anticipation of its busiest travel week of the year, Amtrak is adding more 18 trains to its schedule to operate between Chicago and Michigan destinations during the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday season. Passengers are encouraged to book early. The attached schedule (also on Amtrak.com) provides information on these extra trains that will operate… ...
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Amtrak’s Blue Water line sets ridership record

Amtrak’s Blue Water line sets ridership record

From The Lansing State Journal: Amtrak says a record number of passengers rode trains on its Blue Water line last year. The line, which runs from Port Huron to Chicago, includes stops in East Lansing, Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. The nation’s passenger rail service said today the Blue Water carried 191,231 passengers for the fiscal year… ...
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M-1 Rail selects team for Detroit streetcar technical center

M-1 Rail selects team for Detroit streetcar technical center

From Progressive Railroading: M-1 Rail has chosen a design-build team for the planned Penske Technical Center near the northern terminus of the city's future streetcar line at Woodward Avenue and West Grand Boulevard in Detroit. The team — which will include Turner Construction Co., 3.L.K Construction, ABE Associates Inc. and RNL — will construct the center in Detroit's New Center neighborhood. The facility will be named after Roger Penske for his leadership of M-1 Rail and Penske Corp., one of the major donors to M-1 Rail's streetcar line. "This facility will be one of the first new… ...
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Prospects for Algoma passenger trains looking up

Prospects for Algoma passenger trains looking up

From The Northern Hoot: Members of the Coalition for Algoma Passenger Trains (CAPT) and all parties that have a concern for continued passenger rail service along the ACR are feeling hopeful and excited. CAPT has dedicated several years to raising awareness about the economic, cultural and environmental benefit of passenger trains in the Alg… ...
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November 2014 edition of On Track

November 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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Amtrak posts ridership growth, but long-distance lines lag

Amtrak posts ridership growth, but long-distance lines lag

From USA Today: Amtrak's ridership and ticket revenue increased in fiscal 2014, buoyed by continued growth in the Northeast Corridor, the rail service reported Monday. But the numbers also indicate flagging activity on long-distance lines and regional services that rely partly on support from taxpayers in some states. Amtrak President… ...
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Amtrak touts ridership growth as Congress weighs budget

Amtrak touts ridership growth as Congress weighs budget

From The Hill: Amtrak is touting an increase in ridership on its trains in fiscal 2014 as lawmakers are debating a funding measure for the company. Amtrak said Monday that it carried 30.9 million in the fiscal year that ended in September, which the company said was an increase of 0.2 percent over the same period for 2013. Amtrak Board of… ...
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New station opens in Grand Rapids

New station opens in Grand Rapids

From The Grand Rapids Press: Bearing floor-to-ceiling windows to brighten its interior, officials quipped the city no longer is home to an "Amshack" station. The new Vernon J. Ehlers Amtrak Station ceremoniously replaced its Wealthy Street predecessor early Monday, October, 27, 2014, connecting Grand Rapids to Chicago. Ehlers, the former… ...
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