Michigan Passenger Proposal Still Alive

Michigan transportation officials say they continue to pursue a proposal to institute rail passenger service between Ann Arbor and Traverse City, Michigan.

But their efforts have been hindered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hans Voss of the Ground Center for Resilient Communities said the tracks to be used by the train, which has been dubbed ARTC, largely have been upgraded to accommodate passenger trains.

Funding for the service remains unresolved. Voss said the long-term effects of the pandemic on rail passenger travel are also a major question mark.

Initially, the service is envisioned as being operated as excursions for major events, such as the events like Traverse City’s National Cherry Festival, and for fall foliage excursions.

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