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Amtrak resuming service in Michigan amid COVID-19 pandemic

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

For the first time since the March, the Pere Marquette train will resume its run between Chicago and Grand Rapids Monday.

Amtrak has been operating in Michigan at lower capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says ridership on the passenger rail service is running about 10% of the average for this time of year.

“It’s our anticipation that there’ll be some slow building in the number of people riding,” says Magliari, “But even then, a year from now, our expectation is we won’t be any better than about half of where we were back in 2019.”

Amtrak requires passengers to wear facial coverings, observe physical distancing and make cashless only payment in stations and on trains.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.