Final draft of Ann Arbor, Michigan train station study awaits state, federal review

August 20, 2015

Ann Arbor officials said back in May the Ann Arbor Station study was nearing the final stretch and a recommendation was expected in the next month or so on a preferred location for a new Amtrak station in the city.

More than three months later, nothing has been announced, but city officials say there should be news sometime in September.

Eli Cooper, the city’s transportation program manager, said a final draft analysis of alternative locations for a new train station was to be delivered to the Michigan Department of Transportation on Wednesday afternoon.

He said the draft report includes a comprehensive review of options for a new train station both on Fuller Road and Depot Street, as well as a no-build option.

“The report also discusses a recommendation to preferred location,” Cooper said in an email on Wednesday, declining to disclose the preferred location.

“Recognizing this is a draft document and subject to agency review, comments and amendments, it is best to wait until the final version is available,” he said.

The Ann Arbor News has filed a Freedom of Information Act request for a copy of the draft report and is awaiting a response from the city.

City officials have been talking about building a new Amtrak station for several years, and the current study has been ongoing since early 2014.

Read reporter Ryan Stanton’s full story at mlive.com by clicking here.

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