Michigan Central railroad is back in Ypsilanti

July 25, 2007 by  
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Michigan Central Railway returns to Ypsilanti

(July 25, 2007) The Michigan Central railroad is back in Ypsilanti. The newly formed company called Michigan Central Railway is a joint venture of the current track owner Norfolk Southern and Watco Companies. The new company will operate track from Ypsilanti to Kalamazoo.

MCR will be headquartered in Kalamazoo and says they will employee 118 people. MCR will also operate track between Jackson and Lansing; and between Grand Rapids and Elkhart, Ind, and plans to acquire the rights from Norfolk Southern for the trackage rights on the Amtrak-owned line from Kalamazoo to the Michigan/Indiana state border.

In a press release, MCR said that a major part of the transaction will be the investment of more than $6 million in infrastructure in the first year, and more than $20 million in the first three years of Michigan Central operation.

“The track investments reflect our belief in the future of this railroad,” said David Eyermann, Michigan Central’s interim president. “Our goal is to work with the state of Michigan, communities, Amtrak, and most importantly our freight customers to make this a growing railroad that is even more a part of the Michigan economy.

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