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The focus of this category is on all forms of transportation in Michigan, with the exception of purchases, as resources such as car dealerships are more appropriate in the Shopping & eCommerce category.

There are several options to get around in Michigan. Visitors can fly into the state or from one part of the state to another through one of the several airports in Michigan, connecting with one of the local, regional, or major airlines serving the state.

Passenger trains are not as prevalent as they once were, but Amtrac operates three lines connecting Chicago with Michigan. The Pere Marquette runs between Chicago and Grand Rapids, with in-state stops at St. Joseph/Benton Harbor, Bangor, and Holland.

The Amtrac Wolverine will take passengers from Chicago to Pontiac, Michigan, making stops at New Buffalo, Niles, Dowagiac, Kalamazoo, Albion, Jackson, Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Detroit, Royal Oak, and Troy. The Wolverine runs three times a day in each direction, but not all trains travel the entire distance between Chicago and Pontiac.

Also traveling between Chicago and Pontiac, the Blue Water runs three times a day in each direction, although not all trains travel the entire distance. In Michigan, the Blue Water makes stops at Niles, Dowagiac, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, East Lansing, Durand, Flint, and Lapeer.

The Michigan Department of Transportation owns a segment of the accelerated rail corridor connecting Chicago with Detroit and Pontiac, making stops at communities in between. In recent years, the MDOT has focused its efforts on increasing passenger speeds on the Amtrak-owned portion of the accelerated rail corridor between Kalamazoo, Michigan and Porter, Indiana.

Some routes in the Amtrak system include Thruway Motorcoach services, which may provide transportation by bus, train, ferry, van, or taxi through a variety of operators. Available from several Amtrac stations in the southern part of the Lower Peninsula, Thruway connections can take passengers north into the Upper Peninsula, terminating at Sault Ste. Marie, with several stops in between. An additional Thruway connection runs from Marinette, Wisconsin to Hancock, with UP stops in Escanaba, Marquette, and L'Anse.

Other rail lines have stops in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Lansing, as well.

In cooperation with the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission, other rail lines are in the planning stages, connecting Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. Detroit also has light-rail options, such as Detroit People Mover and QLine Detroit.

Riding the bus is also an option in Michigan. While purely local bus lines will be listed within the category that represents the city served by the line, intercity, statewide, regional, or major bus lines serving destinations in Michigan may be listed here. These may include Greyhound, which offers the most comprehensive network of bus stations within the state. Indian Trails offers several routes within the state and connects with Chicago. Megabus also offers bus transportation from Chicago to Ann Arbor or Detroit. Bus tours and charter buses serving the state of Michigan may also be appropriate for this category.

Other topics that might be found here may include auto rentals, providing they have locations in multiple cities within the state. Local car rentals should be listed in the category representing the city they are geographically located in. Taxis with locations in more than one city may be featured here.

Ferries to various islands on the Great Lakes may also be appropriate for this category, as would boat tours on the Great Lakes or other Michigan waterways.

The economic development of the upper part of the Lower Peninsula, and all of the Upper Peninsula, was dependent on the construction of systems of transportation designed to facilitate the transport of timber and mineral resources. Mostly, this involved the improvement of water transportation routes and the building of railroads. In the early days, roads were less important to the economy because products could be transported to market by rail or water. Because the state's railroad network was being constructed at the same time when the production of lumber and minerals had reached its height in the last four decades of the 19th century, the construction of railroads in the Upper Peninsula and the northern part of the Lower Peninsula was undertaken largely through federal subsidies in the form of land grants. In the southern part of the Lower Peninsula, rail construction was unsubsidized and built to serve the needs of the growing agricultural population, and that of the commercial and manufacturing enterprises in its towns and cities.

Whatever the mode of transport, the focus of this guide is on ways in which people can get around in Michigan without purchasing their own mode of transportation.

 

 

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