New study says a coast to coast MI train could attract riders, economic growth

Mar 1, 2016

A new report from the Michigan Environmental Council says that a coast to coast train in Michigan could be in our future. We talk to Liz Treutel, Transportation Policy Associate with the MEC, about the vision for a new passenger rail system in the state.


Credit Courtesy photo / Michigan Environmental Council

Imagine it’s a hot summer day in Lansing and you’re dreaming of Lake Michigan beaches. You could hop in your car and deal with traffic back-ups and the neverending orange cones of construction season. If you have 15 hours to spare, maybe you could take a train with a quick pit stop in Chicago. But if you’re not up for those options, a potential alternative is gaining steam.

A new study from the Michigan Environmental Council says that a coast to coast train in Michigan could make money and attract a significant number of riders.

Current State talks about  the vision for a new passenger rail system with Liz Treutel, Transportation Policy Associate with the MEC.

This segment is supported by Michigan State University's Knight Center for Environmental Journalism. More news about the Great Lakes environment can be found at GreatLakesEcho.org and on Current State every Tuesday as part of our partnership.