Ann Arbor Area Community News
The Ann Arbor News reports that the owner of the Great Lakes Central Railroad is in favor of a north-south commuter rail line, and in fact bought the railroad with the goal of implementing passenger service.
Hieftje said he wants to see rail tried before improvements to US-23. He compares the projected $500 million cost of adding a third lane in each direction to the highway between Ann Arbor and Brighton with the estimated $27 million for the rail project.
Obstacles to implementation include money, time, and money.
In addition, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) will complete the report of a transit study for an Ann Arbor-Detroit transit system.
After delays due to technical problems with a computer model, the steering committee for the Ann Arbor-Detroit Rapid Transit Study will get data Nov. 8 on likely capital and operating costs and ridership for five possible ways to provide the service.
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