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East Lansing earns $6.3M grant upgrade train station
Posted: July 20, 2012 - 11:49 AM
EAST LANSING — East Lansing’s train station will receive an upgrade with $6.3 million in federal grant funding, U.S. Sen. Carl Levin’s office said today.
The funding will be awarded to the Capital Area Transportation Authority, which plans a train station and additional facilities for bus transit, vehicle parking and improved traffic, Levin and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow said in a news release.
East Lansing’s Amtrak station is located at Harrison and Trowbridge roads. It was not clear whether that will be the location for the new facility.
The grant is part of a federal program called Bus and Bus Facilities Livability Initiative, run by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration. Levin and Stabenow said they have advocated for the project in Washington for several years.
CATA said Amtrak passenger counts have increased by 164 percent since 2003, according to the release.
“These grants will help ensure Lansing citizens have access to safe, reliable public transportation,” Stabenow said in a statement. “A strong public transportation system helps spur economic development so that local businesses can create more jobs.”
Federal, state and local officials Monday are expected to formally announce the funding during a news conference in East Lansing. It is expected to draw representatives of the U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers’ office, Gov. Rick Snyder’s special rail adviser and officials from Michigan State University, the city of East Lansing and CATA.