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Chicago-to-Michigan Train Service To Be Subject of Public Hearings

 A high-speed train rushes down the tracks.
A high-speed train rushes down the tracks.
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DOWNTOWN — The Michigan Department of Transportation is hosting a series of community meetings in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois to discuss options for improving rail service between the three Midwestern states.

The public hearing in Illinois will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday in Union Station's Union Gallery Room.

Representatives from the Great Lakes Rail association of state transportation departments will present plans to build a High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail system funded by a $3.2 million federal grant from the Federal Railroad Administration, plus matching funds from each state for a total of $4 million invested in the project.

The meeting will detail the project's purpose and need, present various route options and present the results of an environmental impact study. 

The public will have an opportunity to weigh in on the plan at the Union Station meeting, or online at any time through the program's comment form.

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