Michigan Track Work Pauses for Holidays

Track construction on the Chicago-Detroit route used by Amtrak has been suspended for the July 4th and Labor Day weekends.

Between July 2 and 4, and Sept. 3 and 5 Amtrak will offer three daily Wolverine Service trains between Chicago and Detroit (Pontiac).

Amtrak logoThe morning Wolverine departing from Chicago and the mid-day departure from Pontiac have been suspended for the summer except on Sundays.

On Monday through Saturday through Sept. 23, Amtrak is offering just two Wolverine Service roundtrips between Chicago and Detroit.

Trains depart Chicago during the late afternoon to early evening hours while trains are departing Pontiac in early morning and late afternoon.

The track work, which is being sponsored by the Michigan Department of Transportation is being undertaken between Battle Creek and Jackson as part of Michigan’s Accelerated Rail Program.

Workers are rehabilitating the track and doing signal work. In a news release, Amtrak said that once the work is complete passengers will enjoy improved reliability and a smoother ride.

The work is also precursor to operating trains at 110 miles per hour.

The construction does not affect the Chicago-Port Huron Blue Water or the Chicago-Grand Rapids Pere Marquette.


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