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Residents in Washtenaw County could have another Amtrak stop next year.


Gillian Ream Gainsley
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Public transportation in Washtenaw County is growing. The AAATA is expanding service beginning in May, and increased rail service may be on the horizon.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks with Gillian Ream Gainsley, Ypsilanti representative for the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, about how these transportation methods may impact the local environment.


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Ypsilanti officials met with Depot Town residents to hear concerns over a plan to close two streets in the neighborhood to build the city's first passenger rail stop in decades. 

 

Ypsilanti Depot Town
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Ypsilanti officials are seeking the public’s opinion on closing North Grove and North Park streets to vehicle traffic.


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The Michigan Department of Transportation has approved a passenger rail stop in Ypsilanti.

Ypsilanti City Hall
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Funding for a Depot Town stop on a new Amtrak rail line could be closer to reality.


Ann Arbor Amtrak Station
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Passengers waiting for the train at Ann Arbor's Amtrak station are often crowded close together, particularly on weekends.  As the station with the most riders in Michigan, city officials are considering options for a new station.  There are reasons to think the station will be getting even more crowded as ridership may be rising in the future.


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A group opposed to Ann Arbor using parkland for a new train station has developed a concept to keep the Amtrak facility on Depot Street.  


Ann Arbor City Council got an update on a variety of public transportation projects at last night's work session.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, current progress could result in less traffic along the I-94 corridor and increased options in all five of Ann Arbor's wards.