MDOT Changes Mind, Will Consider Creating Stop in Ypsilanti for Amtrak’s Wolverine Service Trains

The Michigan Department of Transportation has changed its mind and will consider supporting efforts to make Ypsilanti a stop of Amtrak’s Wolverine Service trains.

MDOT and Amtrak had earlier said they would not consider the idea, but state transportation officials now say that a recent study supported establishing an Amtrak stop in Ypsilanti.

Amtrak trains would stop at or near the former Michigan Central depot.

Amtrak 4Local officials said there is still much design work to do and additional approvals that must be obtained.

Mayor Amanda Edmonds said it still might be a while before any of the six Chicago-Detroit (Pontiac) trains begin stopping in Ypsilanti.

“It’s taken years, with many allies along the way, to get us to the point we are now,” she said. “But, the journey is far from complete and our end goal is not guaranteed.”

The design work includes planning an ADA-compliant platform that meets specifications provided by MDOT, the Federal Railroad Administration, Amtrak and Norfolk Southern. The city also must close several railroad crossings.

The platform is likely to be built near a former railroad freight house. City officials also must address issues regarding parking, traffic, site plans and other infrastructure issues that need to be addressed.

Amtrak served Ypsilanti between Jan. 20, 1975, and April 28, 1985.

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