Michigan is seeking up to $25 million in aid from Amtrak to fix the bridge

Michigan will seek $20 million to $25 million of the $2.3 billion federal fund to improve the rail corridor.

Peter Anastor, director of the state Office of Rail Transportation, said his department will apply for a grant to help cover the cost of repair work on four railroad bridges that serve Amtrak passenger trains.

These structures are located between Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo on department-owned roads.

A new federal program allows states to apply for grants to build new intercity and high-speed rail lines, as well as upgrade rail corridors.

Amtrak offers three passenger routes in Michigan: the Wolverine between Pontiac and Chicago, the Pere Marquette between Grand Rapids and Chicago, and the Blue Water between Port Huron and Chicago.

Amtrak operates three trains daily in each direction at Wolverine between Chicago and Pontiac.

Some transportation-related organizations in Michigan have other concerns.

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