Planning Dept.

Amtrak Station

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A $6.28 million grant to the Capital Area Transportation Authority, in partnership with Michigan State University and the City of East Lansing was announced July 23, 2012 to renovate the East Lansing Amtrak Station, which will serve as the transportation gateway to Michigan's capital city region.


Funding will be used for the Capital Area Multi-modal Gateway Project, a $10.48 million project with local matches from MSU, via a long-term land lease of the property valued at $3.2 million, and $500,000 from both the Michigan Department of Transportation and Amtrak.


The nine-acre parcel is located at the intersection of two rail lines, adjacent to US 127 and on the edge of Michigan State University's campus centrally located within the Lansing/East Lansing MSA. It will ultimately link the regionally significant Trowbridge Road Commercial Corridor to one of the nation's leading research universities.


Regional partners will demolish the existing train station and build a multimodal transit center, which will serve as a transportation hub for the region coordinating Amtrak passenger rail, regional and inter-city bus service, taxi, bicycle and pedestrian activity. The project will also include surface parking, site infrastructure, additional bus boarding areas and circulation improvements.


Project Objectives

  • Current service will be expanded by the addition of Michigan Flyer service, increasing the number of routes between East Lansing and Detroit. In addition, CATA has negotiated with Mega Bus for service between Chicago and Detroit, and stops in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Ann Arbor. These new services will enhance the region's transportation options.
  • Access to Amtrak’s Blue Water Line, connecting East Lansing with Port Huron, Chicago and high-speed rail between Detroit and Chicago.
  • Barrier-free, accessible facility and level boarding to meet ADA requirements.
  • Regeneration of nearly 200 acres in a mixed-use, transit-oriented fashion.
  • Improved transfers between intercity and local bus services, and increased accommodation for taxi, rental car and bike-sharing services.
  • Direct access to the intercity highway system via Trowbridge Road.
  • Enhanced pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular safety.
  • Improved potential to attract commuter rail service between Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and Detroit on the CSX rail line.



For more than five years, the City of East Lansing, together with its longstanding regional partners, has been exploring ways to transform the Amtrak Train Station building and site into a modern multimodal transportation center. After six attempts, the project was approved by the Federal Transit Administration for fiscal year 2012 Bus and Bus Facilities Program Livability Initiative funds. It provides excellent connectivity to the interstate highway, the regional transportation network and bike and pedestrian pathways.

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