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Published: Monday, 9/2/2013 - Updated: 2 years ago


Michigan Amtrak riders
 to get Wi-Fi next year

Amtrak's Wolverine heads west through Galesburg, Mich. Amtrak's Wolverine heads west through Galesburg, Mich.

LANSING — Amtrak riders in Michigan will be getting Wi-Fi access next year.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is spending about $1 million to install Wi-Fi on the state’s Amtrak trains by January.

Improving Internet access should increase ridership and produce higher revenues that more than offset the cost, department spokesman Nick Schirripa told MLive.com.

Amtrak gets state and federal subsidies and has three routes in Michigan. The Blue Water runs from Port Huron to Chicago, the Pere Marquette from Grand Rapids to Chicago, and the Wolverine from Pontiac to Chicago.

Michigan’s funding for Amtrak is $25.2 million in the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, up from $8 million this fiscal year.

Amtrak had 793,000 passengers in Michigan last year, generating $27.8 million in revenue.

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