Chicago - Detroit/Pontiac Passenger Rail Corridor Program

  • Great Lakes Rail Map

  • The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), has initiated a program to evaluate passenger rail improvements for the Chicago-Detroit/Pontiac passenger rail corridor.  The program includes three components:

    • An evaluation of potential route and service alternatives for the corridor.
    • A Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement that review the impacts and benefits of the rail service.
    • A Service Development Plan that will serve as a business plan for future implementation decisions.

    The vision for the corridor includes safe and reliable passenger rail service that offers frequent, daily round trips at speeds up to 110 miles per hour.  The program will provide sufficient information for the FRA to potentially support future decisions to fund and implement a major investment in the passenger rail corridor. 

    The purpose of the program is to improve intercity mobility by providing an improved passenger rail service that would be a competitive transportation alternative to automobile, bus and air service between Chicago and Detroit/Pontiac, Mich. 

    Current status of study 8.23.17 PDF icon