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Each month, “Why’s That?” takes a question you ask about Southwest Michigan and tries to find an answer. You can submit your idea for the show and, through Sunday, vote on our topic for November.

Listener Laurel Eppstein asked our question for October. Eppstein lives in Comstock Township, and she hears trains pass by often.

"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)

Public meetings will be held across the state this summer to discuss a potential passenger rail line connecting Metro Detroit to Holland. (WDET)

Lansing — The state transportation chief has delayed the purchase of a set of new passenger cars for the Detroit-Chicago Amtrak route following an audit critical of his department for leasing another set of cars that are idle. (Detroit News)