Funds approved to upgrade rail service between Chicago and Detroit

3 October 2011 (Last Updated October 3rd, 2011 18:30)

The US state of Michigan has allocated a $39m grant to enhance passenger rail service between Chicago and Detroit, as part of a $161m federal grant for the state.

The US state of Michigan has allocated a $39m grant to enhance passenger rail service between Chicago and Detroit, as part of a $161m federal grant for the state..

The rail line between Chicago and Detroit is part of the Midwest high-speed rail network, which will connect cities around the region.

The approved grant completed the state's share of funding for a $358.9m federal grant which will allow the state to acquire Norfolk Southern Corp's Kalamazoo-Dearborn segment of the Chicago-Detroit Wolverine Corridor.

As a part of $398.1m grants, about $20.45m funding was secured from local and private funding.