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North South Rail line feasibility assessment process begins March 12

1.1.3 Wally-LogoThe first meeting in the feasibility assessment process for the 27-mile Howell-to-Ann Arbor North South Rail (also known as WALLY) proposal is set for 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at the Brighton Community Center, 555 Brighton St.

The meeting will provide an update on the status of the North South project, and an overview of the feasibility study. A presentation at the beginning of the meeting will be followed by discussion to answer questions and get public input on the project and process.

The same meeting will be conducted in Ann Arbor from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 16, at the Brighton Public Library – Downtown, 345 S. Fifth Ave.

The North South Rail project is being evaluated as a way to improve mobility along US-23, and to promote economic development and job creation in the region.

The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority is conducting the federally funded feasibility study, which will take about 15 months to complete and consist of distinct phases and tasks identified in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Transportation, The Federal Highway Administration, and the Federal Transit Administration. It will include in-depth public and stakeholder involvement, and be used to determine project costs, ridership, potential station locations, and the capacity and willingness of affected communities to build, operate and help fund the project.

If found feasible, this study will help prepare the North South Rail project for federal funding in the future.

For more information, contact Michael Benham at AAATA at 734.794.1851 or mbenham@theride.org.

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