State-Owned Rail Lines
The Michigan Department of Transportation manages 665 miles of state-owned rail lines. These five lines are operated under contract by five freight railroads. Intercity passenger rail service is also provided on the corridor between Kalamazoo and Dearborn.
Nikkie Johnson, Operating & Property Management
Ryan Hoensheid, Railroad Bridge Engineer
Jim D’Lamater, Freight Infrastructure Engineering Manager
Shaun Bates, Accelerated Rail Infrastructure Engineering Manager
Ryan Weiss, Track Engineer (excluding accelerated rail corridor)
Accessing State-Owned Rail
As the state's accelerated rail corridor, access between Kalamazoo and Dearborn is managed a little differently than the other state-owned rail corridors. Amtrak's design standards and specification apply, and Amtrak issues temporary access permits. MDOT provides the occupancy permits and/or long-term agreements for facilities on this corridorwhile it handles all permitting on the other corridors.
A permit must be obtained to access any state-owned property.
- Permit Application (Applies to all lines except Dearborn-Kalamazoo)
- Occupancy Permit (Kalamazoo-Dearborn Corridor)
- Temporary Permit to Enter (Required for Kalamazoo-Dearborn)
Dearborn-Kalamazoo Maintaining Railroad & Passenger Operations
- Great Lakes Central Railroad
- Huron & Eastern Railway
- Indiana Northeastern Railroad
- Lake State Railway
- Norfolk Southern Railway
Dearborn-Kalamazoo Freight Provider
- Private Crossings on State-Owned Lines
- Contractor Pre-qualification (Required for MDOT Bid Projects)
- 2015 Specifications (Applies to all lines except Dearborn-Kalamazoo*)
- Typical Plans (Applies to all lines except Dearborn-Kalamazoo*)
- Sample ACORD Form
- MDOT Real Estate
- State Transportation Preservation Act of 1976
- Natural Resources & Environmental Protection Act: Snowmobiles on Railroad Rights-of-Way
*Different design standards and specifications apply to the accelerated rail corridor between Kalamazoo and Dearborn. For more information, contact Ryan Hoensheid.