$200 Million for Michigan Rail
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Yesterday, in an overwhelmingly bi-partisan vote, the Michigan House of Representatives voted 101-8 to approve a $39 million state appropriation that will unlock $161 million in federal funding to enhance passenger train service between Detroit and Chicago. The Michigan Senate passed the bill last week.
Federal grants to improve the Detroit-Chicago line now total more than $400 million, almost half of which was money rejected by Florida. These funds will improve service between Kalamazoo and Dearborn; upgrade stations in Dearborn, Troy-Birmingham, and Battle Creek; and reduce congestion between passenger and freight trains — ultimately leading to a consistent 4-hour trip between Chicago and Detroit.
Learn more about the Midwest High-Speed Rail Network.