rail summit http://michiganradio.org en Governor Snyder touts higher speed Rail for Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-snyder-touts-higher-speed-rail-michigan <p>http://podcastdownload.npr.org/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/665/510002/141897531/PUB_141897531.mp3</p><p>Governor Rick Snyder met with lawmakers, federal officials and the railroad industry yesterday to talk about the future of rail transportation in our state.</p><p>Rick Pluta is the State Capitol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He was at the Michigan Rail Summit and he joined me to talk more about this.</p><p>So Rick, what did the Governor say?</p><p>Rick Pluta: Rebecca, the governor is a big fan of rail service. He says it&#39;s a big part of the future of the state.</p><h1>This is what he had to say to this rail summit:</h1><p><em>&quot;This isn&#39;t about a piece of rail in Michigan. This is about being the centerpiece of a broader logistical connection that goes all the way from St. Louis to Chicago to Detroit and I would like to see it continue on to Toronto and to Montreal.&quot;</em> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 18:27:27 +0000 Rebecca Williams 4791 at http://michiganradio.org Governor Snyder touts higher speed Rail for Michigan Snyder says rail service 'vital' to Michigan's future http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-says-rail-service-vital-michigans-future <p>Governor Rick Snyder says improving passenger and freight rail service is &quot;vital to Michigan&#39;s future.&quot;</p><p>He made the remarks in a statement shortly before giving the keynote address Monday during the Michigan Rail Summit at the Lansing Center.</p><p>Top federal and state transportation officials, elected officials and experts also will speak.</p><p>Snyder says improving passenger and freight rail service &quot;paves the way&quot; for growth in agriculture and manufacturing, enhances property values and stimulates local economies.</p><p>He says Michigan is well positioned to become a major transportation hub linking the economies of Canada other Midwestern states &quot;so that the entire region benefits.&quot; Nearly 800,000 passengers rode Amtrak trains in Michigan during the last fiscal year, a record. Mon, 31 Oct 2011 17:29:55 +0000 The Associated Press 4770 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder says rail service 'vital' to Michigan's future