The Ann Arbor City Council has approved a resolution to amend the city’s professional services agreement with AECOM, an engineering firm, which would provide additional funding to perform further studies on a new Amtrak station.
They noted that nearly a million dollars has already been spent on studies and environmental reviews since 2012 and yet a site for the station has yet to be chosen.
A study recently released identified several station options at three sites.
“This additional money is necessary because we have not narrowed it down to one site. The original agreement included the environment review for one preferred alternative,” said council member Jack Eaton. “If we were able to narrow it down to one alternative we would not have to spend this extra $196,000.”
Public Services Administrator Craig Hupy and Transportation Manager Eli Cooper said the additional city funding is needed for additional studies of the potential station sites because the project’s current funding grant from the Federal Railroad Association did not cover the money for studies of additional station locations.
Nine council members voted to approve the resolution, with Eaton the sole no vote.
Ann Arbor is served by six daily Wolverine Service trains between Chicago and Detroit (Pontiac).