Ann Arbor Eyes Building New Train Station

A Wolverine Service train calls at Ann Arbor on May 19, 2012.

A Wolverine Service train calls at Ann Arbor on May 19, 2012.

The Ann Arbor, Mich., City Council recently approved spending  $824,875  to  conduct an environmental impact and design study for a new train station.

The study will be done by USR Corps. Public hearings are expected to be held concerning a number of potential station sites and for the station’s design.

“We’re going to need a new train station,” said Mayor John Hieftje, pointing to an increase in Amtrak ridership over the past decade.

Amtrak serves Ann Arbor with six daily Wolverine Service trains linking Chicago and Detroit.

The current Ann Arbor station was built by Amtrak. In the early years of Amtrak, trains stopped at the former Michigan Central depot, which is now a restaurant.

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