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First Steps For A Depot Town Passenger Rail Stop Approved By MDOT

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

On Friday afternoon, Edmonds and other city officials announced the first phases of the passenger rail stop before final approval by MDOT.


First, the city will scout locations for four railroad crossings. A public hearing on what roads will be affected is on March 16.

The second phase includes relocating the Ypsilanti Recycling Center, which has yet to be determined.


Edmonds says there’s a reason for why this will be a long and complicated process.


“It’s because we’re not going to design a platform for Amtrak that can’t be used for needs for a future commuter rail or needs for a high-speed something, or needs for something we can’t even anticipate.”

Design work for the platform begins this spring.


In December, Amtrak notified Ypsilanti that the Depot Town neighborhood met the company’s initial requirements for a stop for the passenger rail service.

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— Amanda LeClaire is an assignment reporter and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News.  Contact her at 734.487.3363 or email her aleclair@emich.edu

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