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RAIL SHUTTLE PLANS IN THE WORKS FOR COMMUNITY - By Craig McMorris, WNEM
October 9, 2015

WNEM

Plans are in the works to start up a rail shuttle in a Mid-Michigan community.

Using these railroad tracks for a train shuttle from the south end of Mt. Pleasant to the north end is about three miles.

Erin Strang is the CEO of the CMU Research Corporation. She said it wouldn't take much to put the plan into action.

"Yes, everything's already in place, the infrastructure is there, the cars have been refurbished, so those are already there and in place, so we just need to pull the trigger and go," Strang said.

Strang's staff has been looking at the shuttle project for the past six months or so.

But who would pay for it and how much would it cost?

Well, the first thing to do would be to establish an authority to manage the shuttle.

"We need to create an authority, we need to identify how it's going to be funded we're currently establishing a ridership analysis so we're determining how much of the fees those are going to cover as opposed to how much we're going to have to offset with different sources," Strang said.

This empty field would be the station for the south end of the shuttle train, close to the football and baseball stadiums. That would relieve parking stress on game days.

Organizers hope the community will rally around their plan.

"It's going to need big community support, it's a lot bigger than we are, so we're going to need all the support and help we can get to move it forward," Strang said.