Groundwork has released an in-depth feasibility study of the proposed passenger rail between Ann Arbor and Traverse City. Special event trains could begin as early as 2020.
Owosso native and entrepreneur Alyson Caverson is excited about the Ann Arbor to Traverse City passenger rail project, which will run from the population centers of southeast Michigan to the emerging economies in the northwest, and pass through Owosso and towns like Howell, Durand, Alma, Mt. Pleasant and Cadillac-all opportunities for her to grow Happy Girl Granola.
The effort to reestablish passenger rail between southeast Michigan and the Traverse City and Petoskey areas reached another major milestone when the Groundwork Center and the Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA) selected rail industry experts, Transportation Economics and Management Systems (TEMS), to explore costs and create a business plan for regular train service.
Andrew Vriesman, a 22-year-old senior at Central Michigan University, is excited about passenger rail that will one day connect Mt. Pleasant with Ann Arbor to the southeast and with Traverse City and Petoskey to the northwest. The route will travel through thriving downtowns that include growing businesses, tech sectors, and colleges that are collectively home to 90,000 students.
A passenger rail study that will evaluate the feasibility of running regular train service between Petoskey, Traverse City and Ann Arbor is set to leave the station this spring, the Traverse Ticker reported in February. The “A2TC Train” study is a partnership between the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Groundwork Center.
The letters of support keep coming in. City after city, from Ann Arbor to Petoskey, is making it clear to state and federal officials that they support passenger trains.