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Monday, September 21, 2009

Michigan seeks $830 million for passenger rail

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Michigan is vying for its part of the $8 billion federal stimulus to upgrade passenger train service. The state wants $830 million as its part of a Midwest high-speed rail plan.

Some of the $830 million for Michigan would pay for laying new track to allow faster Amtrak trains to pass freight trains. The Midwest high-speed rail plan would increase the number of daily, round-trip Amtrak trains between Detroit and Chicago from three to as many as 10. The trip betweem Detroit to Chicago would take four hours instead of nearly six. There also would be six Chicago runs daily to Port Huron and to Grand Rapids.

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