Last week, the Michigan Department of Transportation along with Indiana and Illinois presented a proposal for passenger rail improvements on the Detroit to Chicago line. When running on time, the "Wolverine Line" takes riders from the Motor City to the Windy City in about five and a half hours. New plans hope to cut travel time considerably, and increase ridership significantly.
Regional transportation planners will use a federal grant to rebuild and enhance the Amtrak train station in East Lansing.
The $6.3 million grant will help the Capital Area Transportation Authority expand the Amtrak station near Michigan State University. CATA will create a 200-acre multi-modal facility, with a separate bus terminal, upgraded waiting platform and accommodations for taxis and bicycles.
U.S. Department of Transportation general counsel Robert Rivkin says the project is part of a $12 billion federal program to improve intercity rail service.