Hello followers of the North-South Commuter Rail Study!
Over the past two months, the project team has been evaluating data and planning the next steps of the study. To date our efforts have focused on services that run train sets into Ann Arbor in the morning and back out to various destinations in the evening during the peak travel hours. We have been evaluating preliminary capital and operating cost estimates, ridership forecasts, and potential station locations. We have been collaborating with the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) and the Washtenaw Area Transportation Study (WATS) to ensure this data is consistent with regional transportation planning models. During the coming months we will continue to make refinements to our work.
The majority of our effort to date has focused on previously identified options that range in the level of service. In the next few months will focus on exploring some additional options that could provide commuter rail service in this corridor. We anticipate some of the new options may be ruled out quickly while others will go through a level of analysis similar to initial options. We look forward to continuing our work in 2016 and sharing findings with you in the Spring.