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All aboard! MDOT puts 110 mph special Amtrak train video on YouTube

Contact: Janet Foran, MDOT Office of Communications,
  foranj@mcihigan.gov
517-335-7176
Agency: Transportation

February 15, 2012 -- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has posted a video news release to its YouTube channel on www.youtube.com/michigandot. The video captures the excitement of a special demonstration today (Feb. 15) of 110 mph Amtrak service between Porter, Ind., and Kalamazoo, Mich. Federal, state and local officials participated in today's event.

Amtrak and MDOT recently received federal approval to increase maximum speeds of Amtrak trains in western Michigan and northern Indiana to 110 mph following the successful installation and testing of a positive train control safety system on Amtrak-owned track between Kalamazoo and Porter. Amtrak's popular Wolverine and Blue Water train passengers will benefit from this improvement in service.

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