GRBJ: Study looks at feasibility of Holland, GR commuter train

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A study that considered the possibility  of a commuter train connecting Grand Rapids and Holland is now complete.

The Grand Rapids Business Journal reports the study, which was paid for by the city of Hudsonville, found  nearly 15 percent of workers in the Holland area and nearly 30 percent  of Georgetown Township-area workers commute to Grand Rapids.

The  commuter train could make stops along the stretch of I-196 known as the  Chicago Drive corridor, which includes areas like Zeeland, Hudsonville,  Grandville and Jenison. It could also reduce traffic congestion on  I-196, according to GRBJ.

The  feasibility study found the existing CSX-owned tracks along Chicago  Drive would need improvements which could cost $8 million to $28  million, GRBJ reports.

Next, a survey will be completed to determine how many people would be interested in riding the commuter train.

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Grand Rapids Business Journal: “Rail service could link GR, Holland”

   

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