Category Archives: Meetings

Public Meetings: Rail Safety – Dec. 14, 15, & 19

MDOT is hosting a series of public meetings
to discuss the proposed Michigan Line safety improvements project 

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is hosting a series of public meetings on safety improvements on the Michigan Line, which carries Amtrak’s Detroit -Chicago passenger train service.

The purpose of this project is to enhance pedestrian safety along the railroad corridor at locations known to have hazardous conditions. Enhancements could include fencing, special pavement marking, signs, anti-trespass panels, or other improvements.

Public input:
In addition to the public meetings, comments and input may also be submitted to:

Monica Monsma
MDOT Environmental Services Section
425 West Ottawa St.
P.O. Box 30050
Lansing, MI 48909
517-335-4381
MonsmaM@Michigan.gov

Amtrak’s Chicago Access Presentation

Amtrak’s Chicago Access Presentation

Derrick James from Amtrak’s Government Affairs office gave a presentation during the September 15th Member Meeting.

Amtrak, along with Illinois and Michigan, is applying for funding for a project called Chicago Access / Michigan East that has important implications for the future of Michigan’s train services.

Slides are provided here:

 

 

Recorded Presentation: Chicago Access Program

 

High Speed Rail Alliance

“This presentation covers the Chicago Access Program, a group of high-impact projects that will increase capacity and improve reliability for trains entering and exiting Chicago. Amtrak is taking the lead on this program that will improve Chicago Union Station, create more routes into the city and open up a variety of new service options. They have already applied for a Mega Grant and partnered with stakeholders who will help fund this $850 million project.

In this video we break down the projects included in the Chicago Access Program, explain why it will impact train service far beyond Chicago, and how it sets the stage for additional improvements to our national rail network.

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D7i77mPAcg

Learn more about the Chicago Access Program on our website www.hsrail.org/chicago-access”

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:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84934271000?pwd=S01SYkhLTnBlQi96RXVtcmJhQjJoUT09

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