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Friday, 27 September 2013 11:05

Amtrak ready to start more track improvements

(AREA) -- Amtrak is getting ready to start the second of three Michigan train track improvement phases for the 2013 construction season. Work begins Monday between Jackson and Battle Creek. The project will cause some delays and modified schedules, but Amtrak says it will result in upgraded tracks and more reliable service for Amtrak Wolverine and Blue Water trains as part of the Accelerated Rail Program. The Blue Water line runs from Port Huron to Chicago. When all 2013 phases of the project are complete in November, more than 30 miles of new track will be installed. The Michigan Department of Transportation is leading a three-state effort to improve the 300-mile corridor from Pontiac and Detroit across Michigan, through northwest Indiana and to Chicago. Train speeds will increase to up to 110 miles per hour in more places.