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Old 07-25-18, 06:44 PM
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AMTRAK Mid-west Announcement

Just an FYINEWS - Entire Amtrak rail network bike friendly in Michigan

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2018

CONTACT: Michael Frezell, MDOT Office of Communications, 517-281-6519
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Entire Amtrak rail network bike friendly in Michigan

July 25, 2018 – Starting July 25, bicycles will be accepted aboard the Amtrak https://www.amtrak.com/michigan-services-train]Wolverine Service (Trains 350-355), sponsored by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) with three daily round-trips between Pontiac and Chicago, via Detroit, Dearborn, Jackson and other stops.

There is a $10 charge, in addition to the railfare, and bicyclists must make reservations to carry their bikes onto the trains and stow them at the direction of the Amtrak conductors.

With this additional service, some of the most popular destinations across Michigan and the https://media.amtrak.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/2018_Midwest_Routes_101.jpg]Amtrak MidwestSM network are now connected with bike-friendly trains. Ride the rails and connect to the trails, such as the Rouge Gateway Trail in Dearborn, bicycle friendly streets in Ann Arbor and Royal Oak, the Falling Waters Trail in Jackson, the Battle Creek Linear Pathway in Battle Creek, and the Kalamazoo River Trailway in Kalamazoo. Transfer at the Detroit Amtrak station to the bicycle friendly QLINE streetcar and ride it along Woodward Avenue to the heart of the city where the Riverfront, the Dequindre Cut, and https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79133_79206_83634---,00.html]Michigan's Iron Belle trails are a short bike ride away. These are all just a small sampling of recreational trails Michigan has to offer. Visit the MDOT road and trail biking website for detailed regional maps to plan an adventure.

Now, all three of https://www.amtrak.com/michigan]MDOT’s state-sponsored routes operated by Amtrakwelcome bikes by reservations and with a nominal charge. More information is available at https://www.amtrak.com/bring-your-bicycle-onboard]Amtrak.com.

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Now all that's needed is a trailway from Niles to South Haven.. could follow M140.. 55-ish miles.. That would make a good daytrip if you lived in Chicago.. ride the train to Kalamazoo, hop on your bike and ride to South Haven.. have lunch at Clementine's, ride down to Niles and get back on the train & go home..

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Amtrak has been expanding bike service lately. More importantly, it has done away with the need to box your bike on many routes. I took my bike to Vermont last month to start a tour. All I had to do is remove my front wheel to hang the bike in a "cubby."

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Originally Posted by JLDickmon
Now all that's needed is a trailway from Niles to South Haven.. could follow M140.. 55-ish miles.. That would make a good daytrip if you lived in Chicago.. ride the train to Kalamazoo, hop on your bike and ride to South Haven.. have lunch at Clementine's, ride down to Niles and get back on the train & go home..
Couldn’t agree more. Or, at least heading somewhere north out of Niles. The trail south into South Bend is a nice improvement, but anything north is on the road, unless I just can’t find that “ northbound” trail.
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