Railroads are a Public Transit Option
Travel by railroad is energy-efficient and handicap accessible. TMACOG and its partners work to preserve existing passenger rail and look for opportunities to expand service.
Long-Range Planning for Rail Travel
TMACOG plays a vital role in recommending actions, projects, programs, and policies that support improvements in passenger rail transportation. For more information, please review the planning documents below.
Toledo-Detroit Ridership Study
From the 2019 study: The results of this study have identified a strong case for development of a Toledo-Detroit-Ann Arbor rail service with a major hub at the DTW Airport. This includes potential benefits for all the communities along the corridor including jobs, income and property development opportunities. Additionally the project would generate benefits for travelers and would provide an effective integration of the Toledo, Detroit, Ann Arbor and DTW Airport economies. DTW is an international gateway airport which allows businesses to expand their reach to include both Asian and European markets.
The project also has significant benefits to government with a tax base expansion that more than covers the cost of the project. Furthermore, this system would have a significant potential to expand both north to reach additional destinations in Michigan as well as south into Ohio and west to Chicago. As it grows, so would the likely economies of scale, financial results and economic impacts