Passenger Bypass Track in Use in Detroit

A segment of track intended to be used only by passenger trains in Detroit is now being used by Amtrak’s Wolverine Service trains.

The track will enable passenger trains to bypass West Detroit Junction and is located about three miles south of the Detroit station on Woodward Avenue where Amtrak trains make a connection between a Canadian National (former Grand Trunk Western) route and a former Norfolk Southern route now owned by the state of Michigan.

A $7.9 million Federal Railroad Administration grant awarded in 2012 helped finance the $15.8 million project.

The grant was part of a larger effort to alleviate freight and passenger train congestion in greater Detroit. It is also expected that the bypass track will be used for commuter trains that are planned to be launched several years from now.

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