Michigan By Rail Forums Picking Up Steam

Following on the heels of an extremely successful rail forum in Traverse City at the end of July, the Michigan By Rail  group is gearing up for the next round of forums that will take place along the I-94 corridor over the next month, from New Buffalo to Dearborn.  These forums are being held to solicit input from the public to assist the Michigan Department of Transpotration as they prepare Michigan’s statewide rail plan later this fall.

Mayor William Geisler will welcome attendees to the City of New Buffalo on Wednesday, August 18, from 6 to 8 PM at the Marina Grand Resort to continue discussions on the future vision for passenger rail in Michigan.  The following week, the City of Jackson will play host to a forum on Thursday, August 26th at the Michigan Theater in downtown Jackson.  During September the Michigan By Rail group heads back to Southwest Michigan for a forum in the St.Joseph/Benton Harbor area before moving out to Dearborn on the 15th of September.  Future forums are scheduled through early December all across Michigan.  Please check out the Michigan By Rail website for more details on these upcoming events, http://www.michiganbyrail.org/.  You can also read more about some of the past forums on Inside 208.

Chris Hackbarth handles transportation issues for the Michigan Municipal League.  Chris can be reached at 517-908-0303, or by email at chackbarth@mml.org.

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