Tim Hoeffner, unplugged: What’s the future for passenger rail service in Michigan?
On this week’s edition of the Talking Michigan Transportation podcast, a conversation about passenger rail service in the state. Tim Hoeffner, a former director of the Michigan Department of Transportation’s Office of Rail and now a consultant with Quandel Consultants, is the guest.
Hoeffner talks about the history of passenger rail service in Michigan and offers his perspective about developments in recent years, including ongoing work to establish dependable 110 mph Amtrak service between Detroit and Chicago.
Among the challenges Hoeffner discusses:
- Purchasing equipment to enhance riders’ experience and ensure dependable service;
- Resolving congestion with freight lines on the Indiana portion of the Detroit-Chicago corridor; and
- Working with communities along passenger lines to establish stations where it makes sense but balance that need with travel time.
Hoeffner also talks about the state Legislature and federal government pitching in funding for a study of a passenger line between Ann Arbor and Traverse City.
Traverse City-based Groundwork for Resilient Communities has been a leading advocate of A2TC project. The Cadillac/Wexford Transit Authority will work in partnership with Groundwork and a team of partners to complete the planning study.