Blue Water to Begin Carrying Bicycles

The Blue Water will begin accepting bicycles beginning on Sept. 6, Amtrak announced.

The train, which operates between Chicago and Port Huron, Mich., serves two cities with large state universities and, hence, a lot of students who wish to transport bikes.

The schools are Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and Michigan State University in East Lansing.

Amtrak modified cafe cars used on Nos. 364 and 365 to create an area to securely carry up to four bikes per train. There is a $10 charge for transporting a bike, in addition to the rail fare.

Cyclists will be encouraged to lock their bikes onto the brackets mounted in the cars when they walk their bicycles onto the trains.

“We’ve worked with the cycling community to modify these railcars so bikes can be secured without disassembly,” said Derrick James, Amtrak Director of Government Affairs-Central. “We look forward to measuring the success of this service with an eye to expansion to additional routes across our national network.”

“Bicycle travel and tourism is important in the state of Michigan,” said Tim Hoeffner, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation Office of Rail. “Amtrak inclusion of bike service on Blue Water trains is beneficial for Michigan travelers.”

MDOT helps to fund the Blue Water service, which also serves the Michigan cities of Lapeer, Flint, Durand, Battle Creek, Dowagiac, Niles and New Buffalo.

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