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May 2019 edition of OnTrack

Inside the latest issue you will find:
  • a report of MARP’s exciting April meeting in Dearborn
  • a profile of MARP’s new At-Large Executive responsible for coordinating Governmental/Public Affairs
  • a heads up for MARP’s June membership meeting in a bustling village you’ve probably never visited
  • short takes on RPA’s “Day on the Hill” and the Travel Review survey
  • a call for Early Bird registrations for the August 7-9 Michigan Rail Conference in East Lansing
  • a first look at a Charger locomotive in a test run on the Wolverine route
  • an invitation to save with Amtrak’s new “Share Fares” promotion
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March/April 2019 edition of OnTrack

This month’s issue includes:
  • Details of the April 6 MARP meeting; Office of Rail Director Tim Hoeffner has indicated he plans to attend
  • Information about special trains on May 4 and 11 to bring people to Holland’s Tulip Time Festival
  • RPA President & CEO Jim Mathews talks about “profitability” of train service
  • RPA’s online Travel Review is providing input to Amtrak
  • Joe Boardman is remembered as a true champion
  • Amtrak President & CEO looks for increasing frequencies and improving schedules
  • Rochester NY names its new station in honor of another champion of trains
  • “Butterflies Are Blooming” at Meijer Gardens: a good excuse for a weekend getaway by train and convenient Thruway bus connection at Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids

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Learn about 30-year transportation plan at MARP’s April meeting

MARP Membership Meeting
Saturday, April 6, 2019
10 a.m. – Noon
John D. Dingell Transit Center (Amtrak Station)
21201 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48124

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 The April 6 MARP membership meeting will be a unique opportunity to make our voices heard as Michigan embarks on a 2-year transportation planning process dubbed Michigan Mobility 2045. The Michigan State Long Range Transportation Plan (SLRTP) that will result from the MM2045 process will establish priorities to guide development of the state’s transportation network over the next three decades. This is best time for us to let MDOT know what mobility means to us: more trains and transit as part of an interconnected network that includes all modes and is accessible to all regardless of age, physical ability, or income level.

Our featured speaker will be Brad Sharlow, the project manager for Michigan Mobility 2045. He will explain the process and goals of a new approach that will roll planning for all movement of people and goods into a single document. The resulting plan, as envisioned by MDOT, “will be a multi-modal effort that integrates all transportation modes, operators, and users.” Sharlow’s presentation will allow ample time for Q & A as well as brainstorming that will be recorded to become part of the official record of public and stakeholder input.

 Please make plans now to attend this important membership meeting. If you would like to arrange carpooling with someone in your area, please send an email to us at and we will do our best to find you a ride.