MICHIGAN LAND USE INSTITUTE wrote -
Help the Michigan Land Use Institute lead a citizen-based campaign to bring passenger train service back to northern Michigan.
MLUI’s goal: To establish regular passenger train service on a state owned stretch of railroad tracks between Traverse City and Ann Arbor by 2025, with excursion trips by summer of 2016.
This service will provide travelers with a new option for getting around the state; it will take cars off the highways, with the environmental benefits of cleaner air and less fuel consumption; and it will boost the economies of downtowns along the route.
First, though, we need your help. MLUI must build the community support in towns along the tracks, and build leadership from elected officials.
Your dollars will be used to build support of government and business leaders in the cities between Traverse City and Ann Arbor—Kingsley, Cadillac, Mt. Pleasant, Alma, Durand, and Owosso—through a focused campaign that includes first-rate journalism, public engagement, creative videography, and demonstration trains.
Without clear public support from all these communities, and other Michigan residents, train travel to northern Michigan will remain just a dream.
Why Traverse City to Ann Arbor?
1) The track is still in place and they're still owned by the state. The most expensive part of new passenger train service is the cost of buying land and laying new tracks.
2) The tracks are in pretty good shape. 90% of the tracks are ready for passenger service, and more than half allows passenger trains to travel nearly 60 mph. Only small sections require significant investment.
3) There’s overwhelming enthusiasm and support from the public for this idea. The number one priority that came out of a statewide rail planning process in 2011 was a passenger connection to Traverse City. In fact, more people attended the Traverse City forum than anywhere else in the state.
4) Boost to Pure Michigan Tourism. Connecting southeast Michigan’s population center with northern Michigan’s tourist destinations by train would provide an important new tourist experience.
Let’s make Michigan the new leader in modern train travel.
Learn more at www.mlui.org/a2tc