Where is rail transportation headed in Michigan? What role does rail freight play in our state’s economy? When and how will high speed rail become a viable option for passenger travel in our Great Lakes State?
These and other questions will be addressed in the Michigan State Rail Plan. MDOT is developing the comprehensive plan to set forth state policy involving freight and passenger rail transportation, including commuter rail operations. It will present priorities and strategies to enhance or preserve rail service that benefits the public, and will serve as the basis for future federal and state rail investments in Michigan.
Draft Document Available, Public Meetings Planned for June
MDOT will host a second round of public meetings June 7-16, 2011, to take comment on the Draft State Rail Plan. The meetings are scheduled for Detroit, Battle Creek, Flint, Escanaba, Traverse City and Grand Rapids. The public may stop by anytime between 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to review the draft document with the planning team, ask questions and provide input before the plan is finalized. Presentations are planned for 4:30 and 6:30. View the public meeting locations and schedule here. Comments are encouraged through July 1, 2011.