Michigan is on board with providing more passenger rail travel opportunities. MDOT provides for capital and operating assistance, technical support, and safety oversight of Michigan's passenger rail system.
Intercity Passenger Rail
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) sponsors three separate intercity passenger rail routes serving 22 station communities in Michigan. Operated by Amtrak, these trains provide safe, affordable transportation alternatives.The services include:
- Wolverine service - Three daily round-trips between Chicago and Detroit/Pontiac
- Blue Water service - One daily round-trip between Chicago and Port Huron
Pere Marquette service - One round trip daily between Chicago and Grand Rapids.
An important part of Michigan’s Intercity Passenger Rail services is Michigan’s Accelerated Rail Program, which is focused on improving the federally designated Chicago Hub (Chicago-Detroit/Pontiac) High Speed Rail Corridor. Enhancements forpassenger speeds up to 110-mph have have been completed for the segment between Porter, Indiana and Kalamazoo, Michigan. MDOT's current efforts are focused on the segment between Kalamazoo and Dearborn.
Therese Cody, Intercity Services
Rob Lippert, Infrastructure Manager
Michigan’s Commuter Rail Program is actively working with community efforts to help plan and implement locally led commuter rail projects in the state. This includes passenger rail efforts between a city center and nearby suburbs or towns/cities to draw large numbers of commuters.
- North - South Commuter Rail Project (WALLY)
Kris Foondle, Project Manager
- Ann Arbor - Detroit Regional Rail Project
Light rail in Michigan is evolving. Currently the Detroit People Mover is the only light rail system with State Safety Oversight from MDOT. With the development of the M-1 Rail project, this 3.3 mile corridor will run along Woodward Avenue, between Congress Street and West Grand Boulevard in Detroit, Michigan. The electric railway offers a light volume traffic capacity compared to heavy rail, and is planned to offer high-frequency service in Downtown Detroit.
Daniel Harris, Rail Fixed Guideway Safety Oversight