All posts by Carolyn Ulstad

Amtrak Service Alert! – Michigan City Station Closing

Michigan City, IN, Station Closing

Effective April 4, the Michigan City, IN, station will be closed and no longer served by Amtrak.

More frequent Amtrak service is available in New Buffalo, approximately 15 minutes east, along with free parking and trains on both our Wolverine and Blue Water routes, sponsored by the Michigan Department of Transportation.

New Buffalo Station:
226 N. Whittaker Street
New Buffalo, MI 49117

Alternate service to and from Chicago is available through the South Shore Line (NICTD) commuter rail from the Beverly Shores or Carroll Avenue stops. Visit for more information.

2022 MTU Summer Rail Engineering Program

With funding from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Michigan Tech, Penn State Altoona and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign have teamed up to offer up to 80 high school students across the U.S. an exciting opportunity to learn more about rail transportation and engineering in Summer, 2022. All applicants who are accepted for the program will receive scholarships that cover the Program fees, so don’t wait, encourage your favorite student to get an application in today!

There are two  program alternatives for students to consider when signing up. Up to 20 students can participate in a week-long On-campus program at MichiganTech that takes place from Jun 27-July 1. Another 60 students can participate in a Hybrid program that runs from July 11-15 and combines a virtual portion (at home) with a two-day visit to one of the three partnering campuses (max. 20 on each campus).

More information on the Program and how to apply can be found at our Tracks to the Future web site. We also want to encourage industry companies who are  interested in supporting the participating students to contact Michigan Tech ( or 906-487-3547 for more information.  The scholarship covers program fees, but not transportation to the university site.

March 3: Membership Meeting with Jim Mathews

Jim Mathews, President and CEO of Rail Passengers Association (RPA), will be our guest speaker. RPA has campaigned strenuously over the last year (and more) to educate lawmakers and the public on the benefits of improved and expanded passenger train service across the country. With the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law last November, a wealth of opportunities are now available to Amtrak and the state partners to realize these benefits. Mr. Mathews will speak about how Michigan and the Midwest can roll up its sleeves and get to work on moving forward with our plans.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 849 3427 1000
Passcode: 524858
Or dial: 312 626 6799 US