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Amtrak, Michigan DOT wrap up construction on higher-speed route


Amtrak and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) have restored full service on the Wolverine higher-speed route after concluding this year's construction season.

The project included replacing 26,000 ties, repairing or installing 15 track switches, realigning or modifying 29 railroad curves, repairing 23 crossings and improving road profiles at crossings. Amtrak also continued to improve the signal system controlling rail traffic on MDOT's rail segment east of Kalamazoo.

Crews worked on a 41 miles of track in Calhoun and Jackson counties.

The project was part of Michigan's Accelerated Rail Program and is expected to improve reliability and expand 110 mph Amtrak service in the state.

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