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Pere Marquette: Extra Service for Tulip Festival and Senior PGA Tournament

Effective Saturdays and Sundays, May 5 – 27, 2018

Amtrak is providing extra service between the Chicago area and points in Michigan for the Tulip Festival in Holland and the Senior PGA Golf Tournament in St. Joseph.

Saturdays

  • On May 5 and 12, Trains 374 and 375 will operate an extra round trip between Chicago and Holland to offer service to and from the Tulip Festival.
  • On May 26, Trains 377 and 378 will operate an extra round trip between Chicago and St. Joseph, Michigan for the Senior PGA Golf Tournament, stopping at Graham Road, which is walking distance to the golf course.
  • These extra trains will make an additional stop at Hammond-Whiting on the above dates to accommodate passengers attending both events.

Sundays May 6, 13 and 27

Train 371 will make an extra station stop at Hammond-Whiting to accommodate passengers wishing to stay overnight after the events and return to the Chicago area the next day.

 

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Special speakers scheduled for regular member meeting on Sept. 23, 2017

MARP Member Meeting
Saturday, September 23. 2017
9:30 a.m. – Noon
Durand Union Station
200 Railroad Street, Durand MI 48429

Map & Directions

MARP will hold a general membership meeting on Saturday, September 23 at Durand Union Station, 200 Railroad Street, Durand MI 48429.

NOTE the change in start time: the meeting will begin with socializing at 9:30 AM and run until Noon.

You won’t want to miss the speakers we have lined up. William Hamilton, senior analyst, Michigan House Fiscal Agency, will tell us about the history of funding for state supported trains and the very interesting “sausage-making” procedures of the May Budget Conference tasked with meshing House and Senate bills to finalize the annual state budget. From MDOT’s Office of Rail, Michael Frezell, Communications, and Al Johnson, Passenger & Operations Manager, will have updates on ongoing projects of the MDOT Office of Rail.

The 44th Annual Meeting, originally set for this date, has been tentatively rescheduled for November.

Midwest Rail Conference slated for Aug. 15-17, 2017 in Kalamazoo

Midwest Rail Conference
“Midwest Connections: Passenger and
Freight Rail Look to the Future”
Au
gust 15-17, 2017
W
MU Fetzer Center, Kalamazoo MI

 

In its fifth year, the Conference focus has been expanded to encompass the broader Midwest region. In addition, the 2017 conference will join forces with two other events by leading rail transportation organizations: the Summerail 2017 event organized annually by the Freight Rail Transportation Committee (AR040) of the Transportation Research Board; and the annual meeting of National University Rail Center (NURail), the first USDOT OST-R University Transportation Center dedicated to the advancement of North American rail transportation.

Events will kick off with the Student Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Outing at the Ridgeview Golf Course and Committee Meetings on Tuesday morning/afternoon, followed by the Opening Reception and live music with the Norfolk Southern Lawmen Band at the Bell’s Brewery “Backroom” in Kalamazoo.

Technical Sessions will take place all day Wednesday, August 16, at the WMU Fetzer Center. The luncheon Keynote Speaker will be Joseph McHugh, senior vice president and chief for Amtrak Government Affairs and Corporate Communication.

The opening plenary session is a panel on “Autonomous Vehicles and Their Impact on the Rail Industry”. Following that, three panelists will talk about “State DOT Rail Programs” in Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin. “High(er) Speed Rail” will be discussed from the perspectives of IL-DOT, an academic researcher, and a rail and transit consultant from Parsons Brinckerhoff. Other break-out sessions will discuss “Future of Freight”, “Urban Rail”, “Short Lines”, and “Inter-City Passenger Services”.

The conference will wrap up on Thursday with field trips featuring a visit to a Cargill facility in Decatur, a train ride to Battle Creek on the upgraded Wolverine Higher Speed Rail Corridor, topped off with a visit to the Little River Railroad in Coldwater.

CLICK HERE to view the Conference Program

REGULAR REGISTRATION begins July 1 at a rate of $250 per person.

Blocks of rooms at four Kalamazoo hotels will be held until July 24 for conference participants.

To register, view the complete 3-day Agenda, and learn about lodging Visit  rail.mtu.edu/event/mrc2017

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

                   Making Democracy Work                                           

www.lwvddh.org                  www.VOTE411.org

Kids Ride Free on the Pere Marquette

Enjoy Savings on Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday Travel

On the Pere Marquette, up to two kids ages 2 – 12 can ride free with each adult rail fare purchased for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday travel between Grand Rapids, MI, and Chicago, IL.

Valid for Sale
Now through August 30, 2016

Valid for Travel
May 31 – August 31, 2016

Terms and Conditions
  • Valid for sale May 18 – August 30, 2016.
  • Valid for travel May 31 – August 31, 2016.
  • Valid for travel on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday only.
  • Blackouts apply on all other days.
  • Valid for up to two (2) free child rail fares for children ages 2 – 12 when accompanied by a paid regular (full) fare adult.
  • The free child and paid adult must travel together on the same itinerary and have tickets issued together.
  • Valid for travel on the Pere Marquette.
  • Seating is limited; seats may not be available on all trains at all times.
  • Fares are subject to availability.
  • Not combinable with any other discount offer.
  • In addition to the discount restrictions, this offer is also subject to any restrictions, blackouts and refund rules that apply to the type of fare purchased.
  • Fares, routes, and schedules are subject to change without notice.
  • Once travel has begun, no changes to the itinerary are permitted.
  • Other restrictions may apply.

Kids Ride Free on the Pere Marquette     https://www.amtrak.com/kids-ride-free-on-the-pere-marquette
Enjoy Savings on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Travel
Purchase by August 30, 2016 for Travel Through August 31