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MARP Member Meeting Saturday, January 16, 2016 is in Lansing

MARP Member Meeting

Saturday, Jan, 16, 2016
10am – Noon
REO Town Depot (former GTW Depot)
1203 S Washington Ave, Lansing MI 48910
Map & Directions

It is becoming somewhat of a tradition for MARP to have its first meeting of the New Year in Lansing’s former GTW station which has been reborn as the REO Town Depot. This classic Spier & Rohn-designed structure was built in 1902 for the Grand Trunk Western Railway, but has not seen service as a passenger station since 1971. The building has been painstakingly restored in conjunction with the development of the new Lansing Board of Water & Light co-generation plant with which it shares the 5.3 acre site in the area known as REO Town. The depot is listed on the State Register of Historic Sites and the National Register of Historic Places.

Tim Hoeffner, Director of MDOT’s Office of Rail, is our featured speaker. He will give us an update on the progress made in 2015 on the Wolverine corridor upgrade as well as what to expect in 2016 for Michigan passenger trains.

Plan to arrive a bit early so you can look around the building, The BWL spent more than $2.8 million to restore it as its home for board meetings and employee training. From the terra cotta roof to the dark wood ceiling, period light fixtures, windows, and wainscoting, the restoration has been described as “stunning”.

Of particular interest is the eye-catching terra cotta roof. The tiles were 110 years old and needed to be replaced. The original manufacturer — Ludowici Roof Tile Co. of New Lexington, Ohio, a 120-year-old company with roots in Renaissance Rome and still in business — had the original plans for the depot and produced 14,600 new tiles to the original specifications.

Following the meeting, please plan to socialize over lunch at Clara’s Lansing Station, another of Lansing’s historic railway stations, at 637 East Michigan.

If you would like to arrange car-sharing to the meeting, please reply to this email. We will put you in touch with others in your area.

Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers

REO Town , located just south of Downtown Lansing, is at the core of Lansing’s automotive history and is one of Lansing’s revitalized gems. The commercial corridor and three neighborhoods of Moore’s Park, Fabulous Acres and River Point make up Reo Town. These distinct neighbors surround the former R. E. Olds Motor plant which was the backbone of Capital region labor in the early 1900’s. 

History of REO Town

Automotive History in Lansing

Things to do in Lansing

Amtrak adds 10 extra trains to handle Thanksgiving travel in Michigan

Amtrak will operate 10 extra trains in Michigan for the 2015 Thanksgiving holiday in addition to its regularly scheduled service.

On Nov. 25 and 29, an extra eastbound morning train will depart Chicago bound for Grand Rapids and an extra westbound evening train will depart Grand Rapids bound for Chicago.

On Nov. 25, 28 and 29, an extra eastbound morning train will depart Chicago bound for Ann Arbor and an extra westbound evening train will depart Ann Arbor for Chicago.

Click on the timetable below for more details.

Amtrak plans on utilizing every available piece of equipment to handle one of their busiest travel weeks of the year.

Amtrak recommends that passengers book their trip early in order to best match desired travel times and days.

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MARP meets Oct. 10, 2015 in Mount Pleasant

MARP Member Meeting
Sat.,
Oct. 10, 2015, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
CMU Research Corporation
2625 Denison Drive
Mt Pleasant, MI 48858
 
 
 
CMURC
CMURC

Please plan to join us in Mt. Pleasant as we explore the question “Passenger Trains on the Annie Again?” As you know, the folks in Traverse City have created a good deal of excitement around the idea of reviving passenger train service between Traverse City and Ann Arbor, a project they call A2TC.

 
We are fortunate to have as our speaker, Chris Bagwell, who will give his perspective as Executive Vice-President and General Manager of the Great Lakes Central Railroad (GLC) on potential for passenger services along the former Annie route. He will also update us on the status of the MITRAIN equipment that was refurbished by GLC for use on the proposed WALLY and Ann Arbor-Detroit commuter routes.
 
Also on the agenda is Erin Strang, President and CEO of the Central Michigan University Research Corporation, and our host for the meeting. She will lead a group discussion of ideas for instituting a local shuttle service in Mt. Pleasant.
 
Following the program and business meeting, we will gather at one of  Mt. Pleasant’s former railroad depots for our usual no-host lunch.
 
Our Speakers:
 
Chris Bagwell is Executive Vice-President and General Manager Great Lakes Central Railroad (GLC). Chris is well known to MARP for his enthusiastic work retrofitting the MITRAIN cars and facilitating their display at events. Chris was honored in 2013 as a “Rising Star” by Progressive Railroading. You can read his profile here. Chris recently “starred” as well in a video talking about GLC operations in Michigan and promoting the proposed WALLY commuter train.

Erin Strang is President and CEO of the Central Michigan University Research Corporation. CMU-RC is a non-profit business accelerator that provides guidance to entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to market. CMU-RC is designated a Michigan SmartZone — one of 15 technology-oriented centers across the state — established to offer tax incentives while supporting research development and commercialization of new  technology to promote economic growth.

 
Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers

Priority Boarding Available at Chicago Union Station in the Legacy Club

Priority boarding is now available at Chicago Union Station for an introductory price of $20, offering access to Amtrak trains ahead of general boarding.

The priority boarding fee includes access to the Legacy Club located in the southwest corner of the Great Hall where coach passengers, commuters and others can enjoy a quiet, comfortable atmosphere to wait for trains or unwind after traveling. The Legacy Club features include:

  • Priority boarding for all Amtrak trains
  • Comfortable, quiet lounge seating
  • Complimentary refreshments
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and charging stations
  • Train status displays
  • Satellite TV

The Legacy Club is open daily from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Daily access passes are available for $20..

For more information, speak with a uniformed Amtrak employee at Chicago Union Station or stop by the Amtrak kiosk in the Great Hall.

Sleeping car passengers, Business class and Amtrak Guest Rewards Plus and Select Executive members will continue to have complimentary access to the Metropolitan Lounge in the Concourse level of the station.

Reservations and information are available at Amtrak.com, our free mobile apps and at
1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

Register now for the 2015 Annual Meeting on Sept. 19 in Durand

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FOR THE MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF RAILROAD PASSENGERS
42nd ANNUAL MEETING
Durand Union Station
200 Railroad Street, Durand MI 48429
Sept. 19, 2015
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Make plans now to attend the Annual Meeting, taking place at the historic Durand Union Station. Our keynote speaker is Jim Mathews who is bringing enthusiasm and a new perspective to his duties as President and CEO of the National Association of Railroad Passengers. Also invited is Tim Hoeffner of MDOT’s Office of Rail to update us about progress on the Chicago to Detroit corridor and other developments in Michigan and the Midwest.
If you plan to attend, please by register Sept. 9.
The cost is $25 per person and includes a catered lunch.

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