Passenger train service from Detroit to Grand Rapids being studied

February 27, 2015

While a debate rages in Lansing over millions spent on idle railcars for yet-to-happen commuter rail services between Ann Arbor and Howell and Ann Arbor and Detroit, talks of a new Michigan coast-to-coast passenger rail line are picking up.

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority’s governing board voted Thursday night to authorize entering into a $100,000 contract…for a rail ridership and cost estimate study for potential passenger rail service along the Detroit-Lansing-Grand Rapids corridor.

The study will seek to determine the demand and feasibility for new intercity passenger rail between Michigan’s east and west coasts, intersecting major population centers including Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Holland…

There also have been talks lately of establishing passenger rail service between Ann Arbor and Traverse City, with stops in Cadillac, Mount Pleasant, Alma, Owosso and Howell. That would be a continuation of the [proposed] north-south WALLY commuter rail line between Ann Arbor and Howell, which the AAATA is studying…

Read the rest of the story at MLive, 27 February 2015.

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