Michigan by Rail Public Forums

Summer, Fall 2010

The federal Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA) requires states to prepare state rail plans in order to receive federal rail grants.  The Michigan Department of Transportation is in the early stages of putting Michigan ’s rail plan together.  Public participation and input is a requirement of a successful state rail plan.   

In the summer and fall, 2010, the Michigan Environmental Council, the Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers and partner organizations will convene a series of public forums throughout the state in an effort to engage Michigan citizens in a discussion about their vision for the state’s passenger and freight rail system.    

  • An overview of the state’s existing rail system
  • An interactive rail mapping session 
  • A discussion of public financing issues for rail projects and service   
  • A statewide vision for freight, intercity passenger and commuter rail

Michigan by Rail Public Forum Dates and Locations
(Subject to change, check http://www.michiganbyrail.org)

July 8 – East Lansing – 6 p.m. at The People’s Church –  details
July 22 – Traverse City  – 7 p.m. at the Civic Center – details

Forums are planned for New Buffalo,  Jackson,  St. Joseph / Benton Harbor,  Holland/Muskegon, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor. A forum was already held in Royal Oak in June.

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