A review will look at whether it makes sense to use a train to link Traverse City and some nearby communities.
The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports the Michigan Land Use Institute plans to conduct a preliminary feasibility study about using existing railroad track to transport people from downtown Traverse City to the Acme Township and Williamsburg area.
Train service would help support a growing population. The idea comes as the Michigan Department of Transportation plans area work on U.S. 31 in 2015.
The study is partially funded by a $5,000 grant from the National Association of Realtors. It aims to look at the costs of the project, whether the train would be geared toward tourists or commuters and what sort of train car might be used for service.