train travel http://michiganradio.org en Michigan's Amtrak subsidy will see a huge jump in October http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-amtrak-subsidy-will-see-huge-jump-october <p>There's no doubt about it, more of us are climbing aboard Amtrak trains than ever before.</p><p>The three lines that Amtrak runs in Michigan are often packed, especially that Detroit to Chicago Wolverine Line.</p><p>Come this October, the State of Michigan's tab for Amtrak will jump. The subsidy will go from $8 million a year to around $25 million.</p><p>Why is that happening? What does this mean for you, the taxpayer, and for Amtrak and its passengers?</p><p>Adie Tomer is with the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program and he's a member of the Metropolian Infrastructure Initiative.</p><p>He joined us today from Washington.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 21:35:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 13559 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's Amtrak subsidy will see a huge jump in October Coast-to-coast high speed rail map: fantasy to reality? http://michiganradio.org/post/coast-coast-high-speed-rail-map-fantasy-reality <p>The “road trip” has forever been romanticized as the epitome of carefree, coming-of-age adventures. But what if instead of hopping into your car, you could jump on a train and arrive at the other side of the country in the same day?</p><p>Berkeley graphic artist Alfred Twu&nbsp;created a map of a potential high speed rail system for the United States.</p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 17:03:30 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11376 at http://michiganradio.org Coast-to-coast high speed rail map: fantasy to reality? Amtrak reports record riders and revenue in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/amtrak-reports-record-riders-and-revenue-michigan <p>Amtrak trains in Michigan <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,4616,7-151--264041--,00.html">had a record number of riders and revenue</a> for the fiscal year that ended last month. Michigan Department of Transportation spokeswoman Janet Foran says Amtrak riders have increased steadily since 2008 when gas prices spiked over $4 per gallon.</p><p>Nearly 800,000 people rode one of three passenger train lines in the state bringing in close to $28 million in ticket revenue &ldquo;It goes to show that people like to have transportation choices,&rdquo; Foran said.</p><p>The record numbers come despite major slow-downs over the summer on the most popular line from Detroit to Chicago.</p><p>The biggest ridership increase was on the line that runs from Port Huron through East Lansing to Chicago.</p><p>Foran says the summer months and the upcoming holiday season are the busiest times for train riders. Fri, 14 Oct 2011 15:44:15 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4592 at http://michiganradio.org Amtrak reports record riders and revenue in Michigan Train from Detroit to Chicago, time out for good news http://michiganradio.org/post/train-detroit-chicago-time-out-good-news <p>AccuWeather, the &nbsp;respected private weather forecasting service based in Pennsylvania, is &nbsp;predicting this will be a horrible winter, worse even than the last one. This &nbsp;news came on the very day it became certain that it will<br /> soon be faster to &nbsp;escape to Chicago.</p> Thu, 06 Oct 2011 15:02:14 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 4465 at http://michiganradio.org Train from Detroit to Chicago, time out for good news Michigan left off the list of states getting more money for high speed rail http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-left-list-states-getting-more-money-high-speed-rail <p><strong><span lang="EN">UPDATE 12/9/2010 3:33pm</span>:</strong></p><p><span lang="EN">Michigan's been left off the list of state getting more federal money for high speed rail projects.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/10/us/10rail.html?src=mv">The New York Times reports</a>:</span></p><blockquote><p><span lang="EN">The biggest winners of Ohio and Wisconsin’s money were California, which will receive another $624 million on top of the nearly $3 billion it has received so far toward the construction of a high-speed train from Los Angeles to San Francisco, and Florida, which will get another $342 million on top of the roughly $2 billion it has received to build a high-speed train between Orlando and Tampa.</span></p><p><span lang="EN">The other states that will get Ohio and Wisconsin’s money will be Washington, which will get up to $161 million; Illinois, which will get $42.3 million; and Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Oregon and Vermont, which will all get less than $10 million.</span> Thu, 09 Dec 2010 20:33:33 +0000 531 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan left off the list of states getting more money for high speed rail