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Full Michigan Amtrak service restored in time for holiday season

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LANSING, MI (WNEM) -

Amtrak and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) have completed this year’s construction season for Wolverine Service trains.

Customers can again book travel with three round trips daily between Pontiac and Chicago, plus additional service on select days around the Thanksgiving holiday.

This continues the improvement of state-owned railroad infrastructure as part of what is being termed "Michigan's Accelerated Rail Program"  that Amtrak says will result in improved reliability and a smoother ride for customers, along with an expansion of the Midwest’s first 110 mph Amtrak service.

MDOT contractors, including Amtrak, completed a busy construction season in Calhoun and Jackson counties on 41 miles of track. This included replacing 26,000 railroad ties, repairing or installing 15 track switches, realigning or modifying 29 railroad curves, repairing 23 railroad grade crossings and improving road profiles at crossings. Amtrak also continued to improve the signal system controlling rail traffic on MDOT’s rail segment east of Kalamazoo.

Amtrak has transported more than 30-million passengers for each of the past six years with more than 300 trains daily connecting more than 500 destinations in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces. 

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