Here are some common questions about the Ann Arbor to Traverse City/Petoskey Passenger Train.
Why Ann Arbor to Traverse City? Why not Chicago to Traverse City?
There’s also tremendous public support and enthusiasm for trains to Traverse City from southeast Michigan. In fact, connecting Traverse City to passenger rail was the number one priority of a statewide rail planning process in 2011 and re-establishing passenger rail in northern Michigan is now a goal in Michigan’s State Rail Plan.
As for Chicago, The Traverse City Line would connect to two Amtrak routes–the Blue Water and Wolverine– that already service Chicago and other destinations in the national network.
How long will the trip take?
Once I arrive, how will I get around? Can I take my bike?
The Traverse Line will connect cities with stations that close to downtown. Once passengers arrive, they will have access to the same network of transportation options available when they travel by air, but also the downtown options like bikeshare, rideshare, carshare, and public transportation. As part of the plan, we will work with our bike advocacy partners to make sure travelers can roll-on bicycles. Once they arrive, they should be able to roll out of the station and hit the road!