Groundwork Announces Study To Explore Passenger Train Service in Northern Michigan

A passenger train service in Northern Michigan is a step closer to becoming a reality.

Friday the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities announced a study for a possible passenger train from Ann Arbor to Traverse City and Petoskey.

The idea has been in works for years.

With the help of MDOT and BATA, the center was recently able to get $120,000 in federal, state and local grants.

The study will require lots of public input.

Groundwork says bringing train service to the area will be worth all the work.

Executive Director, Hans Voss says, “We have a firm sense of once this service is in place it will attract more people and in a manner where we really want to have them is without the car this is a way of bringing people into the community without another automobile to create more traffic.”

The rail study is expected to start this fall.