Bi-level Commuter Rail Cars Will Roll Today; Sorry, No Commuters Allowed -- Yet

Matt Helms of the Free Press reports that shiny, refurbished stainless steel rail cars will begin making their way along tracks between Pontiac and Jackson today.

They will not carry commuters.

Helms says the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments will be testing the rail cars to make sure they meet Federal Railroad Administration safety standards, so the six bi-level rail cars won't be available for public rides this week.

Helms says the testing comes as state and local officials move ahead with proposals to establish commuter rail service between Detroit and Ann Arbor and in Washtenaw and Livingston counties.

Read more:  Detroit Free Press
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