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MARP meets Nov. 12 in Lapeer

MARP Member Meeting
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Lapeer Amtrak Station
78 Howard Street, Lapeer MI 48446

 Map & Directions

Make your plans now to attend the November 12 MARP meeting at the Amtrak station in Lapeer. PLEASE NOTE that the meeting will begin promptly at 12 o’clock Noon and end no later than 2:30 pm.

Our speaker will be T.J. Gaffney. He will speak on passenger train history in the eastern Thumb area, particularly in the Lapeer area. Gaffney is the owner of Streamline Historic Services, and is a consultant and contract historian to the museum and preservation fields. He is the former Director of the Steam Railroading Institute and the past Curator of Collections of the Port Huron Museum. He has written several articles on rail, maritime and local history and is the author of two books. The most recent is Rails Around the Thumb, part of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of Rail series. He lives in Port Huron with his wife, Heather, son Thomas, and daughter Phoebe.

If you would like grab a PRE-MEETING bite to eat and a chance to socialize with fellow members, we suggest stopping at Leo’s Coney Island 282 S Main St, Lapeer MI 48446. To allow plenty of time, plan to be there by 10:30am-10:45am. Leo’s serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  From I-69, go north on M-24/Lapeer Rd. which becomes Main St. You will see Leo’s on your left just north of Turrill Ave. From here, it is a 3-minute drive to the Amtrak station via Turrill Ave and S Court St.

If you would like to carpool to the meeting, please reply to this email. We’ll try to match you up with others in your area.

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Built by Grand Trunk Western, the Lapeer depot opened in 1906. Currently serving passengers on the Blue Water route, the depot received a complete historic restoration in 2004 led by the local transit agency which owns the depot. CLICK HERE for a photo of the station taken by MARP member Ren Farley.

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Regional transit topic of League of Women Voters Meeting

The League of Women Voters Dearborn-Dearborn Heights will present a forum on Regional Transit at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13.  The meeting will be held at Christ Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall in Dearborn.  The church is located at 120 N. Military, at Cherry Hill.

Attendees will learn about the proposed Regional Transit Authority (RTA) millage proposal which will be on the November ballot, as well as how its passage could affect local residents and businesses.

Scheduled speakers are Megan Owens, Executive Director, Transportation Riders United; Barry Murray, Director of Economic and Community Development, Dearborn; and Lynette Ish-Green, Project Manager, Healthy Wayne.

The meeting is free and all are welcome.

For more information, please call (313) 278-6476 or email info@lwvddh.org.                                                                                                         

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What You Need to Know About Regional Transit:

A Community Forum Sponsored by the LWV Dearborn-Dearborn Heights

Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 7 p.m.

Christ Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall, 120 N. Military (at Cherry Hill)

Megan Owens, Executive Director, Transportation Riders United

Transportation Riders United (TRU) is a nonprofit group dedicated to improving transit in greater Detroit through education, engagement and advocacy.

Barry Murray, Director of Economic and Community Development, Dearborn

Lynette Ish-Green, Project Manager, Healthy Wayne

Healthy Wayne is a collaboration between Beaumont Health, the City of Wayne and Wayne-Westland Community Schools District, joining with residents and community leaders to create a roadmap to improve community health.

Come and join with your neighbors in learning more about the RTA Millage Proposal. This event is free and all are welcome.

For more information, please call 313.278.6476

League of Women Voters Dearborn-Dearborn Heights

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MARP meets Oct. 8, 2016 in Dowagiac

MARP Member Meeting
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Dowagiac City Hall
241 S Front St, Dowagiac MI 49047
Map & Directions

Make your plans now to attend the October 8, 2016 MARP meeting in Dowagiac. This venue offers the rare opportunity for many of you to arrive via train, whether you live along the Blue Water route or the Wolverine route. The meeting will begin at 11:00 am to accommodate the train schedule.

 Blue Water Train #365 arrives into Dowagiac at 10:50 AM and departs for the return trip at 6:43 PM.

 Wolverine Train #351 will make a special stop, arriving into Dowagiac at 9:45 AM. You will return home on Wolverine Train #358, departing at 7:21 PM.

For Wolverine riders, Amtrak’s online reservation system will automatically ticket you to and from Dowagiac on this Saturday at the usual fares for this segment. Please thank John Langdon for making these arrangements with Amtrak.

An alternative for Wolverine route folks, if “low bucket” tickets become unavailable, is to take #351 to Battle Creek and transfer to Blue Water #365 at Battle Creek.

Dowagiac City Hall is located immediately across the street from the station. Take a moment to look around the historic station to appreciate the work of the Dowagiac High School Choir members who yearly wash the 100+ panes of glass in the windows and polish the beautiful wood paneling. MARP member Ron Leatz organizes this volunteer effort.

Following MARP’s business meeting, we will adjourn to Zeke’s for our usual no-host lunch.

The Dowagiac Area History Museum will remain open for us until 3:00 PM to provide us an opportunity to learn about the products that made Dowagiac famous, as well as the entrepreneurs and personalities who had made this a surprisingly vital community.

After the museum visit, you will enjoy being part of the action as Dowagiac celebrates its annual Under The Harvest Moon Festival in the downtown area. Be sure to visit  Caruso’s Candy Kitchen & Soda Fountain, where the family has been serving up old-fashioned sodas, hand-dipped ice cream, and handmade chocolates since 1922.

Dowagiac is a small community rich in history. Dowagiac was platted in 1848 when the Michigan Central Railroad arrived. The current Dowagiac train station was built by the Michigan Central Railroad in 1902, and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993. Dowagiac is famous manufacturing the Round Oak Stoves that heated trains and stations all along the Michigan Central line. Sold worldwide, Round Oak Stoves eventually took up more than one million square feet of manufacturing space and employed more than 1,000 residents in a complex where Ameriwood turns out ready-to-assemble furniture today. Heddon Fishing Lures is another enterprise that put Dowagiac on the map and now attracts collectors and visitors to its museum. Dowagiac today enjoys a vital literary and arts scene. Among the numerous public sculptures to be seen on a walking tour of the downtown area are the three bronze Cheetahs on the Run that you see bounding alongside the track as the westbound train pulls into the station. The Dogwood Fine Arts Festival each May brings in nationally renowned authors and showcases home grown talent.

MARP Members Gather August 17, 2016

In conjunction with the 4th Annual Michigan Rail Conference
Northern Michigan University
University Center Building
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette MI 49855

IT’S NOT TOO LATE! Make plans now to join fellow MARP members on August 17 at the 4th Annual Michigan Rail Conference on the campus of Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

MARP members will receive the “early bird” discount through August 9 when registering online. The fee will be $100 (a savings of $75). To receive the discount, enter the code MRC_MARP-late2016 in the box at the upper right of the final registration screen when entering your payment information (detailed instructions below).

MARP members wishing to attend only the passenger rail session at 12:45 on August 17 will be allowed to enter free, for that session only. This session is a panel discussion titled “Passenger Operations in an Era of Lean Public Investment”. Panelists include:

  • Chad Cushman, VP Business, Indian Trails, Inc., on Amtrak Thruway service in the Upper Peninsula.
  • Chris Bagwell, Executive VP & General Manager, Great Lakes Central Railroad, on restoration of passenger service in northern lower Michigan.
  • Larry Krieg, Chairman Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers, with an overview of Michigan passenger trains.
  • Frank Loetterle, Project Manager-Passenger Rail Office, Minnesota DOT, on the Northern Lights Express, a proposed higher-speed rail project linking the Twin Cities and Duluth.

View the complete Conference Program HERE

Here’s how to register online:

  • Click HERE to go to the registration page
  • Click on ADD TO CART
  • Complete the registration information form, then click CONTINUE. (The field trip is full. The golf outing is an extra charge.)
  • Click CHECKOUT on the next page
  • Add your e-mail address (sets up an automatic response for your registration), then click CONTINUE UNREGISTERED
  • Finally, put the Promotional Code MRC_MARP-late2016 in the box on the right side of the screen & click APPLY
  • Continue to follow the prompts to enter payment information and finish your registration.
LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN THE UP!

Register now for the 2016 annual Meeting on Sept. 24 in Durand

allaboardguySAVE THE DATE!

Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers
43rd ANNUAL MEETING
Durand Union Station
200 Railroad Street, Durand MI 48429
Sept. 24, 2016
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Make plans now to attend! Our keynote speaker is John Robert Smith, currently serving as Chairman of Transportation for America. During his 16 year tenure as Mayor of Meridian MS, he facilitated public-private partnerships in redeveloping the city’s Union Station as the Southeast’s first multi-modal transportation center. Mr. Smith is working closely with the Southern Rail Commission in an initiative to restart passenger train service between New Orleans and Florida and has served on the Amtrak board of directors, including terms as Chairman. In other business, MARP will elect officers for the 2016-18 term,  vote on a recommendation to revise language in the Bylaws relating to appointment and compensation of an Executive Director, and hear updates on Michigan rail projects.

COST: $25 per person includes a catered lunch

DEADLINE:  Sept. 14, 2016 is the deadline for registrations.

If you plan to attend, please Register Today!

CLICK HERE to register online

Or download the mail-in form and send with your personal check payable to MARP, Inc. to:

MARP, Inc. | PO BOX 510842 | LIVONIA MI 48151-6842

ACT NOW! The deadline for registration is Sept. 14, 2016.

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MARP Annual Mtg 2016 – mail-in form PDF

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