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Ann Arbor - Detroit Regional Rail Project
MiTrain at Howell Melon Festival, August 15-17
We are pleased to announce that a static display of the MiTrain cars will be at the Howell Melon Festival on August 15, 16, and 17. In addition, the Steam Railroad Institute has leased three of the cars for use in an excursion train. This is the first time the public will have the opportunity to ride on these beautifully refurbished railcars which will be used on the proposed MiTrain commuter rail service between Ann Arbor and Detroit. The trains will operate for a one-hour trip to the north and back on Saturday and Sunday.. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
This project implements one of the key recommendations from SEMCOG's Improving Transit in Southeast Michigan: A Framework for Action (PDF 16.25 MB) plan. The project will provide commuter rail service between Ann Arbor and Detroit which is a segment of the Pontiac-Detroit-Chicago Amtrak corridor. As a result much of the existing infrastructure is in place and will be used whenever possible. Moreover, the recent announcement of over a half billion dollars in Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) High Speed Rail (HSR) funds is good news for both the Amtrak trains and the Ann Arbor-Detroit Commuter service as many of the necessary improvements will benefit both. SEMCOG and MDOT are working closely with FRA and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to ensure that the capital improvements for both commuter and Amtrak service are coordinated.
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The current project is to provide commuter rail service in the Detroit-Ann Arbor corridor with stops in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Dearborn, and Detroit. The project takes advantage of existing infrastructure where possible and requires adding new station stops in Ypsilanti and at Detroit Metro Airport.
The project is being managed by SEMCOG along with partners that include representatives of all communities in the corridor, Wayne and Washtenaw County officials, state and federal representatives, the Michigan Department of Transportation, the local transit operators (AATA, DDOT, and SMART), Amtrak, representatives of Norfolk Southern (NS) and Canadian National (CN) Railroads, and members of the business community.