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ATTENTION! MARP meets Oct. 21, 2017 in Grand Rapids

MARP Member Meeting
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017
10 a.m. – Noon
Grand Rapids Transportation Center
250 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids MI 49503

Map & Directions

MARP’s October 21 meeting will be in the Conference Room on the 2nd floor of the Grand Rapids Transportation Center, beginning at 10 a.m. Just to the south of the Transportation Center building and bus canopy is the new Vernon J. Ehlers Amtrak Station.

This meeting will be an opportunity to brainstorm ideas for MARP activities over the next twelve months. Among topics for possible discussion are: recruitment of new members, creative ideas for doing outreach, next steps for the Coast-to-Coast proposal to restore passenger train service connecting Detroit-Ann Arbor-Lansing-Grand Rapids-Holland, and addressing station staffing issues. Your ideas are important to moving forward in the coming year.

You might want to plan to catch The Silver Line, Michigan’s first bus rapid transit line, at the 54th St and Division station. Exit US-131 at 54th St. and go east a few blocks to Division. It appears there is parking on the NE corner of this intersection. The bus will take you to Rapid Central Station.

Following the meeting, we will enjoy lunch (no host) across the street at Founders Brewing, one of several venues that are part of the transformation of downtown Grand Rapids into a thriving destination spot.

Some Links to Help You Plan Your Visit

Experience Grand Rapids

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum

Grand Rapids Model Railroad Historical Society

September 2017 edition of OnTrack

Included in the attached issue of ON TRACK you will find:
  • How to become a member of Amtrak’s Customer Advisory Committee
  • Notes on MARP’s 19 August meeting in Bangor
  • House defeat of anti-Amtrak amendments to spending bill
  • Midwest Rail Plan Stakeholder Workshop #3 in Detroit, 13 September
  • Niles Depot Celebrates 125th Anniversary, 16 September
  • Chasing the Great American Eclipse by Train

CLICK HERE FOR A PDF VERSION ontrack_72

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Special speakers scheduled for regular member meeting on Sept. 23, 2017

MARP Member Meeting
Saturday, September 23. 2017
9:30 a.m. – Noon
Durand Union Station
200 Railroad Street, Durand MI 48429

Map & Directions

MARP will hold a general membership meeting on Saturday, September 23 at Durand Union Station, 200 Railroad Street, Durand MI 48429.

NOTE the change in start time: the meeting will begin with socializing at 9:30 AM and run until Noon.

You won’t want to miss the speakers we have lined up. William Hamilton, senior analyst, Michigan House Fiscal Agency, will tell us about the history of funding for state supported trains and the very interesting “sausage-making” procedures of the May Budget Conference tasked with meshing House and Senate bills to finalize the annual state budget. From MDOT’s Office of Rail, Michael Frezell, Communications, and Al Johnson, Passenger & Operations Manager, will have updates on ongoing projects of the MDOT Office of Rail.

The 44th Annual Meeting, originally set for this date, has been tentatively rescheduled for November.

MARP meets Aug. 19 in Bangor

MARP Member Meeting
Saturday, August, 19, 2017
10 a.m. – Noon
Odd Fellows Hall
235 W Monroe St, Bangor MI 49013

(On the 2nd floor above the Bangor Historical Society Museum)
Map & Directions

West Michigan is beautiful this summer! The blueberries are ripe, the sweet corn is ready and the Freestone Pickles may be curing in the barrels across the tracks from the Bangor train station.

We hope you are planning to “come on out” to enjoy the sights and smells – and while you’re at it, join fellow MARP members and friends in the interesting meeting planned for us.

Ron Pesch, author of “Big Wheels Turning: Greyhound in Michigan”, will treat us to the surprisingly interesting story of the 1914 Hupmobile that became a fleet of inter-city buses and the forgotten role played by West Michigan.

The Odd Fellows Hall is located in the historic Funk, Steinman & Ely Building, above the Bangor Historical Society Museum. Look for the building with the big green awning on the south side of Monroe Street (aka M-43) a few buildings west of the railroad tracks.

The Museum houses, among other things, a collection of Kalamazoo Toy Trains, which were manufactured in the Bangor train station during the years prior to restoration of passenger service in 1984. The museum is open 10AM to 4PM on Saturdays.

For the gardeners among you, a visit to the Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum might be in order before you leave Bangor. The museum is located in the childhood home of Liberty Hyde Bailey, considered the “father of horticulture”.  Saturday hours are 9AM to 4PM.

Or you might plan a whole weekend of activities including fun on the beaches at South Haven or Van Buren State Park and a visit to the Michigan Maritime Museum.