FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
North-South Commuter Rail Feasibility Study
Community Meeting #3
The North-South Commuter Rail (also referenced as WALLY) is a proposed 27-mile long commuter rail service on existing tracks that would connect Ann Arbor and Howell, with intermediate stops along the way. It is being evaluated as a cost-effective alternative to ease traffic congestion along US-23 and to promote economic development and job creation in the region.
A study has been initiated by the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (AAATA) to assess the overall feasibility of the North-South Commuter Rail service. This will be completed through a series of distinct phases and tasks that have been identified in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration. The results of this assessment, which includes in-depth public and stakeholder involvement, will be used to determine if the project is feasible and, if so, as part of the documentation to prepare the project for future federal funding.
The third – and final – set of community meetings has been scheduled for the following dates and locations:
Monday, March 20, 6:30-8:30 PM
Howell Area Chamber of Commerce
123 E. Washington St.
Howell, MI 48843
Tuesday, March 21, 6:30-8:30 PM
Northfield Township Offices
8350 Main St.
Whitmore Lake, MI 48189
Wednesday, March 22, 6:30-8:30 PM
Eberwhite Elementary School Auditorium
800 Soule Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Note: Parking at Eberwhite is located off of Soule Blvd. with additional parking off of Park Dr. at Mt Vernon.
The intent of these meetings is to provide an update on the status of the North-South Commuter Rail project including a summary of service options evaluated, cost and ridership projections, and information on governance and funding strategies. There will be a presentation at the beginning of the meeting followed by discussion to answer questions and obtain public input on the proposed service and the process. The presentation and format will be the same for all three meetings.
For additional information, please contact Michael Benham at AAATA at (734) 794-1851 or firstname.lastname@example.org.