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FRA obligates $28.2 million for new Dearborn train station


The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has obligated $28.2 million in High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail funds to the Michigan Department of Transportation for the construction of a new train station in Dearborn, Mich., the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) announced today.

The funding will allow the city of Dearborn to consolidate two passenger-rail stations into one intermodal station in the west section of downtown. The new intermodal facility will be designed for the planned Ann Arbor-to-Detroit commuter-rail service and a future high-speed rail corridor, according to a press release from Dingell’s office.

The new station will serve local residents and students at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Henry Ford Community College, USDOT officials said in a prepared statement. The facility also will accommodate tourists via a new pedestrian overpass at the Henry Ford Museum/Greenfield Village, which is the city’s largest tourist attraction, and continue to serve Amtrak’s Wolverine service between Pontiac, Mich., and Chicago, they said.

“Modernizing rail travel will help attract small business development, increase job growth, and enhance the livelihood of communities and business,” said Dingell.

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