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Report a blocked RR crossing

Fresh Tweet in from MDOT Rail!

Do you know that you can report a blocked RR crossing in the @USDOTFRA -created portal? They use the information you share to work together with railroads and others to come up with short and long-term solutions. Report your blocked crossing here: https://www.fra.dot.gov/blockedcrossings/

 

Amtrak Service Alert! – Michigan City Station Closing

Michigan City, IN, Station Closing

Effective April 4, the Michigan City, IN, station will be closed and no longer served by Amtrak.

More frequent Amtrak service is available in New Buffalo, approximately 15 minutes east, along with free parking and trains on both our Wolverine and Blue Water routes, sponsored by the Michigan Department of Transportation.

New Buffalo Station:
226 N. Whittaker Street
New Buffalo, MI 49117

Alternate service to and from Chicago is available through the South Shore Line (NICTD) commuter rail from the Beverly Shores or Carroll Avenue stops. Visit www.mysouthshoreline.com/ for more information.

2022 MTU Summer Rail Engineering Program

With funding from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Michigan Tech, Penn State Altoona and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign have teamed up to offer up to 80 high school students across the U.S. an exciting opportunity to learn more about rail transportation and engineering in Summer, 2022. All applicants who are accepted for the program will receive scholarships that cover the Program fees, so don’t wait, encourage your favorite student to get an application in today!

There are two  program alternatives for students to consider when signing up. Up to 20 students can participate in a week-long On-campus program at MichiganTech that takes place from Jun 27-July 1. Another 60 students can participate in a Hybrid program that runs from July 11-15 and combines a virtual portion (at home) with a two-day visit to one of the three partnering campuses (max. 20 on each campus).

More information on the Program and how to apply can be found at our Tracks to the Future web site. We also want to encourage industry companies who are  interested in supporting the participating students to contact Michigan Tech (rail@mtu.edu) or 906-487-3547 for more information.  The scholarship covers program fees, but not transportation to the university site.

New Midwest Venture Cars

The new venture cars are getting a lot of attention!

Recently the High Speed Rail Alliance posted about the new trains along with a review of the fleet from The Points Guy, a website devoted to travel.

Rail supporter, Seth Reynolds, also rode the new train and shared pictures from the inaugural run of the new Midwest Venture Cars on train 303 bound for St Louis.

He said “It’s exciting to be onboard new equipment. The cars have a fresh feel, clean carpeting, have soft lights, a fairly smooth ride, and oversized windows. You want to get dibs on the four top in the middle of each car. “

Thanks for sharing with MARP!