Advocacy Group Gets Funds to Study Instituting Ann Arbor-Traverse City Rail Passenger Service

A study of rail passenger service between Ann Arbor and Traverse City, Michigan, will be undertaken by the Ground Center, a Michigan-based nonprofit advocacy organization.

MichiganThe group said it will examine track conditions, potential costs for upgrades, economic impact, rider demand and operating structure.

The study will get underway in the fall and be completed within eight to 10 months.

In a news release, the Ground Center said the proposed service could be extended to Petoskey, Michigan.

The route, much of which is owned by the state, is adjacent to several colleges and universities, including the University of Michigan and Central Michigan University.

Funding for the study will come from a federal transportation planning grant and contributions from communities along the rail line, including Traverse City, Alma and Washtenaw County.

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