Rail travel in Michigan recently has seen a huge improvement. Upgrades to the Amtrak Wolverine tracks will increase the efficiency of trains from Chicago to Detroit and cut travel times. Elsewhere, there are exciting plans in the works to establish commuter rail into Ann Arbor and into Detroit.

However, important connections are still needed. No rail connection to Toledo and lacking a quick and efficient connection from Grand Rapids to Detroit continues to be a detriment to Michigan citizens. Michigan’s current integration into the Midwestern rail system is tenuous at best, improvements need to be made.

Steps towards 110-mph service on the majority of the Detroit to Chicago line are positive, but real high-speed service is needed to Chicago. Moreover, commuter rail proposals are at risk of stalling due to budgetary concerns and resistance among state lawmakers.