Economic developers see an opportunity to take advantage of future high speed rail service in Southwest Michigan. 

"Battle Creek has moved forward on a $3.5 million effort to create a three-mile railroad quiet zone in the downtown area. Trains would traverse 11 rail crossings in the city's center without sounding their horns once the city installs advanced crossing barriers." (Battle Creek Enquirer)

"Amtrak trains that travel through Battle Creek will hit speeds of 110 mph within three years, Michigan Department of Transportation Office of Rail Director Tim Hoeffner said." (Battle Creek Enquirer)

"Lansing — Amtrak and the state expect to have a speed control safety system along 283 miles of tracks in a year and a half as part of their effort to get faster passenger trips averaging a little more than four hours between Detroit and Chicago." (Detroit News)


The Michigan Department of Transportation is close to re-negotiating a deal on leased rail cars that are sitting un-used in a state lot.