MARP Vision

Intercity Passenger Rail Vision

The Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers envisions a passenger rail system that:  

  • Connects Canada and the Midwest to Michigan cities and destinations
    Promoting travel into Michigan with expanded service that interconnects with additional US and international cities and the Amtrak National System, and promotes rail travel alternatives along Michigan’s major highway corridors
  • Integrates with other modes of transportation
    Facilitating intermodal connectivity with intercity bus, transit and air to best serve communities without rail or air service and promote transit usage
  • Delivers economic growth to Michigan
    Expanding marketing opportunities for Michigan to attract additional tourism and rail-oriented development


Vision: ENHANCE Current Service-  

  • Augmenting Wolverine service with increased frequency and speed to meet growing demands, and establishing Pontiac-Metro Airport-Ann Arbor commuter rail service
  • Increasing frequency of Pere Marquette and Blue Water services to meet growing needs, promote Michigan tourism and attract business travelers


Implementing the Vision will ENHANCE Service Coverage by: 

1.   adding new services between Michigan destinations 

  • Muskegon-Holland
  • Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo
  • Grand Rapids-Lansing-Detroit
  • Saginaw-Flint-Detroit
  • Port Huron-Detroit
  • Commuter/regional rail serving metropolitan areas

2.   directly connecting cross-border locations to Michigan destinations 

  • Chicago-Detroit-Buffalo-New York City via Southern Ontario
  • Chicago-Detroit-Toronto
  • Toledo-Detroit
  • Toledo-Ann Arbor-Mt Pleasant-Traverse City/Petoskey