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Michigan wins federal grant to rehabilitate Battle Creek station

Published: September 2, 2010
LANSING, Mich. — The state of Michigan has won $3.6 million in federal stimulus money to rehabilitate the Amtrak station in Battle Creek, Mich. The station serves Amtrak’s Chicago-Detroit-Pontiac Wolverine Service trains and the Chicago-Port Huron, Mich., Blue Water.

The grant will go toward renovating the station’s interior lobby, bathrooms, ticketing areas and offices, lighting, and signage, and will make the station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The exterior will also be upgraded, with new and restored masonry and new lighting.

The Chicago-Detroit corridor is set to be upgraded to handle high speed trains, and Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo said the upgrades are a part of that. “Improving railroad infrastructure, including stations, is a vital part of our high speed intercity passenger rail program,” Szabo said.
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RANDOLPH GARBIN from PENNSYLVANIA said:
Waste of taxpayer dollars? I feel the same way about any money spent on highways. You with me on that, Michael?
GARY STASKO from VIRGINIA said:
Why is this a waste of money? We build F-18 and get what return (utility) on them. Please provide suggestion on what our country should invest in?
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STEPHEN JOHNSON from SOUTH DAKOTA said:
The addition of comments to the news wire has provided no additional information of any value to a truely informed reader, the news wire would be well served to return to its prior format. The old format provided the user with the ablility to easly access the stories needed without the irrational written additions of the partially informed. Trains would be well served by putting more into the articles than fishing for user feedback on a per story basis.
MICHAEL BARNARD from TEXAS said:
Yet another waste of federal tax dollars. Just exactly what purpose does this serve in terms of an economic stimulus? The federal gov't took the money from you as taxes in the first place. In order to send $3.6 million back where it came from, the feds had to collect at least $5.2 million from them in the first place.
Obviously, economics is not (and never has been) the government's strong suit. Except when it comes to destroying an economy.
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