Double-decker rail cars get test for commuter line

Associated Press Published: November 14, 2012

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Promoters of commuter rail lines in southeastern Michigan have made a test run with six refurbished bi-level passenger cars on a route from Jackson to Detroit. ( ) reports that officials hope to hear next week whether the cars passed the test for the cars to enter into service. If so, the public could have a chance to take demonstration trips next year.

Tuesday's test used an Amtrak engine to take the cars on a run that began in Pontiac and included stops in Birmingham, Royal Oak, Detroit's New Center, Dearborn, Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, Dexter, Chelsea and Jackson.

The Michigan Department of Transportation and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments are testing the cars for a Detroit-Ann Arbor line and a Howell-Ann Arbor line.

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