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Rail line upgrades begin next week in southwest Michigan

KALAMAZOO, MI (WTVB) - Train riders in southwest Michigan are being reminded the rail lines between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek will be upgraded beginning next week and that could mean some travelers could find themselves completing or beginning their trips on the bus instead of on a train. 

Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman Nick Schrippa says it will only be on two trains and during the weekdays. He says once they have the rails upgraded, they will be able to run the trains at higher speeds and cut travel to less time than it would take you to drive. It’s one more step towards turning the entire route between Detroit and Chicago into a high speed rail corridor. 

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