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Come to Traverse City for the July 15, 2017 meeting

  Saturday, July 15, 2017
Traverse Area District Library,
610 Woodmere Ave,
Traverse City, MI 49686.

Meeting details:

The July membership meeting will be held on Saturday, July 15, 10 AM-Noon, at the Traverse Area District Library, 6120 Woodmere Ave, Traverse City MI 49686.Tyler Bevier, planner for the Bay Area Transportation Authority, will talk about the unique multi-jurisdictional transit service in the Grand Traverse region. The Groundwork Center will provide an update on the A2TC (Ann Arbor to Traverse City) inter-city rail project.

If you plan to make a weekend of it, book your accommodations as early as possible. When we last checked, rates at Baymont Inn  & Suites Traverse City (231)933-4454, normally reasonable, were rising. You might consider Cadillac or another nearby location.

June 2017 edition of OnTrack

We hope you enjoy the latest issue of ON TRACK. Please remember that we like to hear from you. If you would like to write an article or suggest a topic, let us know.
There is no member meeting scheduled for June, but do make plans for the July 15 meeting in Traverse City.
The attached bulletin includes:
  • a report on the Pacific Northwest Rail Summit held on May 5 in Seattle
  • a first ride on Detroit’s QLINE streetcar
  • notes on the May 13 MARP meeting at Chicago Union Station
  • agreement to return SMART bus service to Troy Amtrak station
  • information on upcoming Midwest Rail Conference in Kalamazoo
Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers
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Make Plans Now to Attend MARP Meeting at Chicago Union Station, Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers (MARP) is planning a special meeting for Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Chicago Union Station. The meeting will take place in the historic Barbershop that has been impressively restored as a meeting room. It is located adjacent to the new Legacy Lounge off the southwest corner of the Great Hall. To accommodate Wolverine passengers, the meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. Informal socializing at 11 a.m.

We cordially invite our colleagues from All Aboard Wisconsin, Wisconsin Association of Railroad Passengers, Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance, Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association, All Aboard Ohio, Ohio Passenger Rail Association, and All Aboard Minnesota to join us. We will have time for brief updates (5-10 minutes) from your organizations on developments in your states.

Martin Bloedt, sales and product manager-locomotives, Siemens Industry Inc., will speak about next-generation passenger train equipment, including the SC-44 Charger locomotives currently being delivered for use on Michigan, Illinois, and Missouri routes.

Laura Kliewer, Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission (, will update us on the FRA-led Midwest Regional Rail Planning Study ( that has recently gotten underway. A 43-member stakeholder planning group has been named and has undergone the first of four workshops to be held throughout the 18-month study period.

We will have a guided tour of the Joseph C. Szabo Chicago Control Center that oversees nearly 510 train movements daily, carrying almost 130,00 people, in Chicago Union Station, on the Michigan Line and in New Orleans.

Some pleasant surprises are in store if you have not visited Chicago Union Station lately. Ticketing and queuing to board trains now takes place in the Great Hall. As you approach the Great Hall, you will envy the business and first class passengers seen on the other side of the large windows who are enjoying the comforts and amenities of the new Metropolitan Lounge. The former Ladies’ Lounge, a space unused for many years, has been beautifully and meticulously restored and is available to rent for large gatherings. Guided tours are available most weekday afternoons. The famous steps have been rebuilt with travertine from the same quarry as the original.  Among the stone masons who worked on the steps are descendants of some of the original workmen. We hope to have time to tour these reclaimed spaces and others slated for upgrades. In any case, you will have an opportunity to look around and be impressed.