Transit Chief: More Study Needed Before Buying Railcars

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) – State transportation officials are postponing the purchase of passenger rail cars for the Detroit-to-Chicago Amtrak route pending a thorough review.

There are reports Saturday the delay comes after state auditors criticized the Michigan Department of Transportation over a multimillion-dollar project to lease other passenger trains that haven’t been used.

Department spokesman Jeff Cranson says officials seek more information about the plan for the Amtrak cars.

It was reported in February that Michigan is spending $1.1 million annually to lease 23 double-decker passenger cars while commuter service between Detroit and Ann Arbor and Ann Arbor and Howell hasn’t been established. The cars are sitting at an Owosso rail yard.

As 6 News reported, Transportation Director Kirk Steudle has defended the leases. He does add he would act to “stop the bleeding.”

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