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Amtrak gets OK for 110 mph service from Kalamazoo to northwest Indiana

Amtrak trains will reach 110 mph starting Feb. 15 between Kalamazoo and Porter, Ind., the Michigan Department of Transportation and Amtrak said today.

That’s 15 mph faster than trains are allowed to travel now on that stretch of tracks, MDOT and the rail carrier said in a joint news release. The higher speeds are expected to shave 10 minutes off the trip between Detroit or Port Huron and Chicago on Amtrak’s Wolverine and Blue Water trains, which pass through Battle Creek.

“This is the first expansion of regional high speed rail outside the Amtrak-owned Northeast Corridor,” Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman said in the news release. “With our partners in Michigan, we will extend this 110 mph service from Kalamazoo to the state’s central and eastern regions...

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