Transportation & Community Design

North-South Passenger Rail Project

Broad support from the community and funders has allowed us to press for passenger rail between north and south Michigan. Rail will achieve energy-efficient, safe travel, and economic development in communities
all along the route. Photo: Holland Sentinel


Frequently Asked Questions

Where did the idea for a passenger rail from southeast Michigan, through mid-Michigan and to Traverse City and Petoskey come from?

Surveys of people in Lower Michigan and opinions expressed by northwest Michigan citizens in the Grand Vision community planning process revealed that the No. 1 transportation infrastructure addition Michiganders wanted was passenger rail service to Traverse City.

What’s the next step needed to make passenger rail a reality?

Starting in 2023, Groundwork and the Cadillac/Wexford Transit Authority will work with state and federal agencies over the course of 24 months to create a detailed plan that will outline exactly how the new train service would operate along the line and identify its top infrastructure needs.

Who is the main contact for questions about the passenger rail program?

Please contact Carolyn Ulstad Transportation Program Manager.

Take Action!

  • Contact your state and federal elected representatives and let them know you support the proposed passenger rail.
  • If your community is on the rail line, work with local officials to build support for the train.
  • Engagement in public meetings to share thoughts and help maximize the beneifts of passenger rail in your community.
  • Please contact Carolyn Ulstad Transportation Program Manager.