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MARP meets in Kalamazoo on Nov.16, 2019

MARP Member Meeting
Saturday, 16 November 2019, 11 AM – 1 PM
First United Methodist Church
212 S Park St W, Kalamazoo MI 49007
 

MAP & Directions

On Saturday, November 16, MARP members will gather at the First United Methodist Church in Kalamazoo. The meeting will begin at 11 AM to accommodate those who may wish to come by train.. Please make note of this change of time.

This will be an interesting and enlightening meeting. You will hear how technology is beginning to change railroad operations around the world as the industry seeks to address the challenges of environmental sustainability.  An “Overview of Hydrogen-Powered Railway Vehicles” will be presented by Andreas Hoffrichter who is the Burkhardt Professor in Railway Management and the Executive Director of the Center for Railway Research and Education in the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. 

Those of you planning to come by train have two choices for “the last half-mile”. If you come on the Wolverine, you have plenty of time to walk the 5 blocks to the church—maybe have a coffee along the way. Even Blue Water passengers would have sufficient time unless the train is late. In any case, we will have drivers at the station to provide transportation for those desiring rides. Please send email to marprail@yahoo.com if you are taking the train, so we have an idea how many drivers are needed.    

If you are driving from home, plan on extra time. The Kalamazoo Holiday Parade is taking place at the same time as our meeting. This will make getting around downtown and finding parking a challenge. 

The map on the Kalamazoo Holiday Parade website may be helpful.  The Kalamazoo Amtrak Station is across the street from PARKING RAMP 4 ARCADIA at the top of the map. Bronson Park is in the center of the map and the church is across the street to the west of the Park and on the south side of Academy. The church parking lot is likely to be full, but you may find on-street parking in the area to the west and south of the church. Or try the city lots 17, 18, or 30 at the top left portion of the map, just 3 blocks north of the church. 

The interactive website Downtown Kalamazoo Parking Information can provide driving directions from your point of origin. Carpooling is strongly encouraged.

We will enjoy our usual post-meeting lunch at the Blue Dolphin Restaurant, just a short walk from the church if it appears that moving your car will be more trouble than it’s worth.

For you train riders, there will be lots of downtown activity to enjoy and coffee shops or breweries where you can imbibe and rest your feet until train time. Or you might wish to visit the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts or the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Both are close by.

We look forward to seeing you in The ‘Zoo!

MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF RAILROAD PASSENGERS

Register now for MARP’s 2019 Annual Meeting!

REGISTER NOW FOR MARP’S
2019 ANNUAL MEETING

Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers
46th ANNUAL MEETING
Tony M’s
3420 S Creyts Road,
Lansing MI 48917
Saturday, September 14, 2019
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Make plans now to attend! Our featured speaker, Mr. Mark Walbrun, will speak on the topic “Building a fast, high frequency passenger railroad in Michigan”. He brings to his topic a long and varied career in railroad and transit system planning, design and construction. Other invited speakers will provide updates on developments in the state of Michigan and the Midwest.

The cost to attend is $25 per person and includes a catered luncheon. The registration deadline is Saturday, August 31, 2019.

COST: $25 per person includes a catered lunch

DEADLINE:  Saturday, August 31, 2019 is the deadline for registrations.

IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND, PLEASE REGISTER TODAY!
Click the button below to register online using PayPal, a major credit card or a debit card
Or download the mail-in form and send with a personal check
payable to MARP, Inc. to:
MARP, Inc. |
PO BOX 405 | OKEMOS MI 48805

ACT NOW! The deadline for registration is Saturday, Aug. 31.




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MARP meets in Sanford on June 22

MARP Member Meeting
Saturday, June 22, 2019,
10 a.m. – Noon
Sanford Centennial Museum
2222 Smith St, Sanford, MI 48657

MAP & DIRECTIONS
On Saturday, June 22, MARP members will gather at the Sanford Centennial Museum in the village of Sanford, off U.S. Hwy 10 about nine miles northwest of Midland.

The Sanford Centennial Museum houses an extensive local history collection. There are nine historic buildings, including two schools, a general store, log cabin, township hall, church, train depot and train, all authentically restored and furnished. Inside the buildings, collections include vintage tools, implements from the logging days, political memorabilia, a dentist’s office, a saloon, toys, household goods, and much more. The Museum Complex Map  gives a good idea of the richness of the site.

MARP will meet in the Depot building, one of the buildings that comprises The Museum complex. The meeting will be your opportunity to engage in brainstorming to help determine MARP’s role in advancing rail projects in Michigan and actions that we might undertake to improve passenger services.

Located on the Tittabawassee River one mile off U.S. Hwy 10, near Sanford Lake and its beaches, and across from the Pere Marquette Rail Trail, Sanford offers enticements to making this an early season weekend getaway.

We look forward to seeing you in Sanford.

MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF RAILROAD PASSENGERS

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

MAP & Directions

 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 marprail@yahoo.com and we will do our best to find you a ride.

MARP meets in St. Johns on Jan. 26, 2019

MARP Member Meeting
Saturday, January 26, 2019
10:00 am – Noon
Historic Grand Trunk Depot
(Clinton Northern Railway Museum)
107 East Railroad St., St. Johns MI 48879
Map & Directions

MARP’s first meeting of 2019 will be held on Saturday, January 26, 10:00 AM to Noon, at the former Grand Trunk Depot, 107 E. Railroad Street, St. Johns MI 48879. Our presenter will be Nick Little, Director of the Railway Research and Education program at Michigan State University. He will explore with us the future of passenger rail in Michigan and across the country.  Mr. Little has a wealth of railroading experience, having started his career with British Railways.

We will also have a tour of the depot and the vintage rail cars being restored by volunteers led by Jenny and Gary McCampbell. Their most ambitious project has been the restoration of the “Sault St. Marie”, a 1902 Smith & Barney Sleeper car that probably ran between the Soo and Duluth until service ceased in 1936. Check out the article “An American Treasure Comes to St. Johns”. For more about the work of the museum and its volunteers, visit www.clintonnorthernrailway.org

Plan to join us following the meeting for socializing over lunch (everyone pays for their own lunch).

If you would like to arrange carpooling with someone in your area, please send an email to us at marprail@yahoo.com and we will do our best to find you a ride.