Michigan Track Rehabiliation Gets Underway

The second of three Michigan Amtrak route track improvement phases for the 2013 construction season began on Sept. 30. Most of the work is being done between Jackson and Battle Creek on Monday through Thursday on the route used  by the Wolverine Service.

Amtrak Nos. 350 and 353, the first morning eastbound and last evening westbound, will terminate and originate in Battle Creek, rather than Pontiac, through Oct. 10.

Displaced passengers will be accommodated aboard chartered buses in both directions between Pontiac and Battle Creek.

By November, more than 30 miles of new track and 130,000 new ties will have been installed on the former Michigan Central line that was most recently owned by Norfolk Southern, but then sold to the State of Michigan.

A goal of the project is to cut the Detroit-Chicago running time by about two hours from the current 6.5 hours. For more information on the project, go to greatlakesrail.org.


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