Posts Tagged ‘Gretchen Whitmer’

Michigan Gov. Signs Grade Crossing Bill

April 28, 2022

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed a bill that supporters say ensures continued funding of a program to maintain adequate and functional signage and warning devices at railroad-highway grade crossings.

The legislation divides the costs of grade crossing sign upkeep and maintenance between railroad and road authorities, preventing any additional costs from being passed on to motorists, state officials said in a news release.

The Michigan Department of Transportation will conduct a study to determine traffic control device maintenance costs.

The agency also will update the fees road authorities pay railroads annually for the maintenance of active warning devices at crossings.

Michigan Pipeline Closure Could Boost Railroads

March 16, 2021

The closing of a pipeline in Michigan has opened opportunities for railroads to pick up business shipping proponel by rail.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has taken action that could result in the Embridge Line 5 pipeline closing in May.

The closure follows Whitmer’s revoking the easement used by the 67-year-old pipeline through the Straits of Mackinac.

News reports indicated that propane suppliers that rely on the pipeline have begun to transition to receiving gas by rail.

Although some companies have already begun to switch to rail deliveries, for others it will be a costly process because they will need to build new rail sidings.

There is also the prospect of a shortage of rail cars as demand for rail deliveries rises.

Embridge is challenging the governor’s action and has said it won’t shut down the pipeline unless ordered to do so by a court.

Some suppliers have said they will not commit to receiving propane by rail until they see how the legal battle plays out.