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Map of Amtrak routes in Michigan.
Amtrak Michigan Services[1]
Distance Station
Unknown route-map component "KBFa"
0 Chicago
Unrestricted border on track
Illinois/Indiana border
Stop on track
16 mi (26 km) Hammond-Whiting
Stop on track
52 mi (84 km) Michigan City
Unrestricted border on track
Indiana/Michigan border
Junction to left Track turning from right
Stop on track Straight track
62 mi (100 km) New Buffalo
Stop on track Straight track
89 mi (143 km) Niles
Straight track Station on track
89 mi (143 km) St. Joseph-Benton Harbor
Stop on track Straight track
102 mi (164 km) Dowagiac
Straight track Stop on track
116 mi (187 km) Bangor
Station on track Straight track
138 mi (222 km) Kalamazoo
Straight track Station on track
151 mi (243 km) Holland
Station on track Straight track
160 mi (257 km) Battle Creek
Track turning from left Junction to right Unknown route-map component "KBFe"
176 mi (283 km) Grand Rapids
Stop on track Straight track
184 mi (296 km) Albion
Stop on track Straight track
205 mi (330 km) Jackson
Straight track Stop on track
208 mi (335 km) East Lansing
Straight track Stop on track
238 mi (383 km) Durand
Stop on track Straight track
243 mi (391 km) Ann Arbor
Straight track Stop on track
256 mi (412 km) Flint
Stop on track Straight track
273 mi (439 km) Dearborn
Straight track Stop on track
274 mi (441 km) Lapeer
Station on track Straight track
281 mi (452 km) Detroit
Stop on track Straight track
292 mi (470 km) Royal Oak
Stop on track Straight track
296 mi (476 km) Birmingham
Unknown route-map component "KBFe" Straight track
304 mi (489 km) Pontiac
Unknown route-map component "KBFe"
319 mi (513 km) Port Huron

Michigan Services is an umbrella term used by Amtrak to describe passenger rail service by three separate routes connecting Chicago, Illinois with the Michigan cities of Grand Rapids, Port Huron, and Detroit, as well as other stations along the three lines. The Michigan Services routes as a group are a component of the Midwest Regional Rail Initiative.


Michigan Services routes

Michigan Services is made up of the following routes:


The three routes taken together carried 724,658 passengers during fiscal year 2008.[1]


The Pere Marquette and Blue Water services receive funding from the State of Michigan. For fiscal year 2005–2006 this was $7.1 million. Because of improving revenues and patronage over the past year, the contract for FY 2006–2007 is for $6.2 million.[2]

High-speed rail

The Detroit-Chicago corridor has been designated by the Federal Railroad Administration as a high-speed rail corridor.[3] A 97-mile (156 km) stretch along the route of Blue Water and Wolverine from Porter, Indiana to Kalamazoo, Michigan is the longest segment of track owned by Amtrak outside of the Northeast Corridor.[3] Amtrak began speed increases along this stretch in January 2002. Currently, trains reach a speed of 95 mph (153 km/h) between Niles and Kalamazoo. Ultimately, speed increases to 110 mph (180 km/h) service are planned.[3][4]


The Wolverine, eastbound, crosses Academy Street in Kalamazoo. The campus of Kalamazoo College lies to the right.

The tracks used were originally part of the Pennsylvania Railroad, New York Central Railroad, Grand Trunk Railway and Pere Marquette Railway systems, and are now owned by CSX, Norfolk Southern, the Canadian National Railway, Conrail and Amtrak. The following lines are used:


Blue Water

Pere Marquette


Airport connections

At the Chicago end of all three lines, riders may easily connect to either O'Hare International Airport or Midway International Airport, using nearby CTA stations. For O'Hare, riders should walk to the Clinton CTA station and ride the Blue line, which operates 24 hours a day. For Midway, riders should walk to the Quincy/Wells CTA station and ride the Orange line.

Travelers headed to Detroit Metropolitan Airport should exit at the Dearborn station, take SMART bus route 200 west (outbound) and transfer to route 280 south at Middlebelt Road.

Travelers headed to Lansing Capital City Airport must take Capital Area Transportation Authority bus route 20 north to Grand River Avenue, the route 1 west to Grand Boulevard in Downtown Lansing, then route 14 north to the Airport.

Travelers headed to Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids need to take Rapid Bus 6 to Woodland Mall at the main terminal about half a mile from the train station. At Woodland they need to transfer to Bus 17 that will take them to the airport.


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