State to stop paying for idle Michigan railcars

Posted on June 2, 2015

LANSING, Mich. — The state will halt lease payments for 23 idle passenger railcars near Owosso at the end of this budget year but retain the option to use them in the future, The Detroit News reported.

A Michigan Department of Transportation official said the state will have spent $11.4 million when controversial lease payments are suspended under a tentative deal with Great Lakes Central Railroad.

The cars, retired from Chicago’s Metra system, are intended for a proposed new commuter rail service between Ann Arbor and Detroit and between Howell and Ann Arbor. The exploratory transit plan has run into complications that have delayed it until at least 2017. For the full story, click here.

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