The question isn't whether people want a train to Traverse City, it's whether they want it enough… and whether Michigan's pathological inertia with regard to transportation issues will ever allow it to happen.
"At statewide community forums in 2010 while the Michigan Department of Transportation
was developing a state rail plan, a consistent and top theme that emerged was that Michigan's passenger rail system should include a Traverse City-to-southern Michigan connection, said Liz Treutel, a policy associate at the Michigan Environmental Council
— which, with the Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers
, convened the meetings.
Feedback ran both ways, Treutel said. People in northern Michigan wanted easier access to downstate, and tourists were interested in rail service heading north."
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