Downtown Petoskey, Michigan supports study for passenger rail

December 16, 2015

By Matt Mikus (231) 439-9394 – mmikus@petoskeynews.com petoskeynews.com

PETOSKEY — The city’s Downtown Management Board will contribute $2,000 to a study that considers the feasibility of a passenger rail service from Ann Arbor to Petoskey and Traverse City.Website Insert Faster is Better copy

The board voted unanimously on Tuesday in favor of the contribution, which will come from the downtown parking fund’s contractual services line item.

The feasibility study will be conducted by Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, formerly known as the Michigan Land Use Institute.

Downtown director Becky Goodman said the city won’t contribute the funds until Groundwork can secure the grant. She will also provide a letter of support to help the grant application.

“If you think of the number of cars that wouldn’t be parking in our system while we have the rail system here, it makes sense. Plus it would bring people into the downtown,” Goodman said.

The feasibility study is part of a larger plan to restart rail service from southeast Michigan to northwest cities. The plan timeline wouldn’t start passenger service until 2025.

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