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MARP meets in Kalamazoo on Nov.16, 2019

MARP Member Meeting
Saturday, 16 November 2019, 11 AM – 1 PM
First United Methodist Church
212 S Park St W, Kalamazoo MI 49007

MAP & Directions

On Saturday, November 16, MARP members will gather at the First United Methodist Church in Kalamazoo. The meeting will begin at 11 AM to accommodate those who may wish to come by train.. Please make note of this change of time.

This will be an interesting and enlightening meeting. You will hear how technology is beginning to change railroad operations around the world as the industry seeks to address the challenges of environmental sustainability.  An “Overview of Hydrogen-Powered Railway Vehicles” will be presented by Andreas Hoffrichter who is the Burkhardt Professor in Railway Management and the Executive Director of the Center for Railway Research and Education in the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. 

Those of you planning to come by train have two choices for “the last half-mile”. If you come on the Wolverine, you have plenty of time to walk the 5 blocks to the church—maybe have a coffee along the way. Even Blue Water passengers would have sufficient time unless the train is late. In any case, we will have drivers at the station to provide transportation for those desiring rides. Please send email to if you are taking the train, so we have an idea how many drivers are needed.    

If you are driving from home, plan on extra time. The Kalamazoo Holiday Parade is taking place at the same time as our meeting. This will make getting around downtown and finding parking a challenge. 

The map on the Kalamazoo Holiday Parade website may be helpful.  The Kalamazoo Amtrak Station is across the street from PARKING RAMP 4 ARCADIA at the top of the map. Bronson Park is in the center of the map and the church is across the street to the west of the Park and on the south side of Academy. The church parking lot is likely to be full, but you may find on-street parking in the area to the west and south of the church. Or try the city lots 17, 18, or 30 at the top left portion of the map, just 3 blocks north of the church. 

The interactive website Downtown Kalamazoo Parking Information can provide driving directions from your point of origin. Carpooling is strongly encouraged.

We will enjoy our usual post-meeting lunch at the Blue Dolphin Restaurant, just a short walk from the church if it appears that moving your car will be more trouble than it’s worth.

For you train riders, there will be lots of downtown activity to enjoy and coffee shops or breweries where you can imbibe and rest your feet until train time. Or you might wish to visit the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts or the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Both are close by.

We look forward to seeing you in The ‘Zoo!


September/October 2019 edition of OnTrack

The September/October issue of ON TRACK will amplify some of the information presented at the Annual Meeting. If you were not able to be with us, we hope you will find the information of interest. And, you are all invited to cast your vote on matters looking both to the past and the future.
  • Learn what happened at MARP’s 46th Annual Meeting last month
  • Vote to help Holly MI grab a piece of a $2 million pie to move & rehabilitate their 1886 Depot
  • Vote to help decide the top 10 new train routes and services that passengers desire
  • Plan to attend the upcoming Operation Lifesaver quarterly meeting in Ann Arbor
  • Learn about the fate of Amtrak’s Great Dome Car
  • Make plans to take the train to MARP’s November meeting in Kalamazoo
  • Take advantage of Amrak’s Share Fares — up to 45% off for a group of six
Welcome to Fall!
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Register now for MARP’s 2019 Annual Meeting!


Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers
Tony M’s
3420 S Creyts Road,
Lansing MI 48917
Saturday, September 14, 2019
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Make plans now to attend! Our featured speaker, Mr. Mark Walbrun, will speak on the topic “Building a fast, high frequency passenger railroad in Michigan”. He brings to his topic a long and varied career in railroad and transit system planning, design and construction. Other invited speakers will provide updates on developments in the state of Michigan and the Midwest.

The cost to attend is $25 per person and includes a catered luncheon. The registration deadline is Saturday, August 31, 2019.

COST: $25 per person includes a catered lunch

DEADLINE:  Saturday, August 31, 2019 is the deadline for registrations.

Click the button below to register online using PayPal, a major credit card or a debit card
Or download the mail-in form and send with a personal check
payable to MARP, Inc. to:
MARP, Inc. |
PO BOX 405 | OKEMOS MI 48805

ACT NOW! The deadline for registration is Saturday, Aug. 31.

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