Group battling for survival of Pere Marquette train

From the St. Joseph Herald Palladium

BENTON HARBOR – Momentum is growing to lobby state transportation policy makers for a meeting to resolve the future of Amtrak stops in Bangor, New Buffalo and St. Joseph.

All three stops are served by the Pere Marquette route, whose future has been clouded by a proposed rail service realignment for the Midwest.

The Southwest Michigan Planning Commission’s executive director, K. John Egelhaaf, is among local officials lobbying to meet with the Michigan Department of Transportation, said Nickolas Musson, an associate planner with the commission.

“We’re just trying to establish this dialogue between MDOT and the people in this region because they really need to know what’s going on and understand what’s going on,” he said.