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Chicago Union Station plan could bring relief for Metra, Amtrak passengers

Chicago Union Station plan could bring relief for Metra, Amtrak passengers

From The Chicago Tribune: For many of the 120,000 rail passengers who pass through each day, Union Station is either a mystifying maze of ramps and escalators, or a perplexing funnel that forces them to navigate perilously narrow platforms. Commuting challenges include dodging water from leaky roofs and trying not to breathe diesel fumes… ...
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Grand Rapids bets $40 million on state's first bus rapid transit system

Grand Rapids bets $40 million on state’s first bus rapid transit system

From The Grand Rapids Press: From the second-floor of The Rapid's headquarters in downtown Grand Rapids, Conrad Venema looks out at U.S. 131 cutting through the heart of the city. The view offers a stark contrast of travel of old — mammoth concrete corridors designed for personal vehicles — against what transportation planners like Venema… ...
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September 2014 edition of On Track

September 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 Pere Marquette service to celebrate 30th anniversary on Sept. 16

Amtrak Pere Marquette service to celebrate 30th anniversary on Sept. 16

From an Michigan Department of Transportation press release: The public is invited to celebrate 30 years of the Pere Marquette Amtrak service between Grand Rapids and Chicago, with stops in Holland, Bangor and St. Joseph/Benton Harbor. The Westrain coalition and Amtrak will promote the 30th anniversary event with a double-decker Superliner train, including a special "theater car" at the rear of the train for better viewing; an opportunity to win free round-trip tickets at stations; and commemorative gift bags and refreshments. The event is sponsored by the Westrain coalition, Amtrak and the… ...
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Algoma Central, CN seek passenger service operators

Algoma Central, CN seek passenger service operators

From Railway Age: The Algoma Central Railway Passenger Service Working Group is seeking a contract operator for ACR’s passenger service between Sault Ste. Marie and Hearst, Ontario, and has issued a request for Expressions of Interest (EOI). The purpose of this non-binding invitation is to pre-qualify companies to participate in an upcoming Requ… ...
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Amtrak extends modified schedule through September

Amtrak extends modified schedule through September

Amtrak will continue to operate trains on a modified schedule for the Wolverine Service and Blue Water routes through the end of September as it completes infrastructure  improvements in West Michigan. The track and signal work will result in improved reliability, a smoother ride and the future extension of 110 mph Amtrak service between Battle Cre… ...
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Car stuck on tracks is cut in half by Amtrak train near Kalamazoo

Car stuck on tracks is cut in half by Amtrak train near Kalamazoo

From The Kalamazoo Gazette: Two individuals escaped injury on Aug. 28, 2014 in Oshtemo Township after their car was cut in half by a westbound Amtrak train. At approximately 10 p.m., a Chevrolet Monte Carlo heading north on 4th Street near Stadium Drive became lodged on railroad tracks at a crossing closed for maintenance after the driver pro… ...
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Capitol Limited in Jackson

Capitol Limited in Jackson

Amtrak's Capitol Limited #29 charges west, passing the Michigan Central Station in Jackson, Michigan because it was rerouted from its normal route on Sept. 1, 2014. It was the station's 141st birthday, making it the oldest, continuously operated passenger rail station in America. Wouldn't it be nice if the Capitol Limited had regular service with stops through southern Michigan? ...
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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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