In 2009, proposals for a new Amtrak station were first presented to Ann Arbor City Council. In early 2013, City Council members voted to hire a consultant to prepare an Environmental Assessment that will result in a recommendation for the location. A diverse group of Ann Arbor residents have followed the multiple plans and iterations and decided to share our findings and concerns. A report is pending for fall of 2015, which will consider three options for the location of a new Amtrak train station:
- on Depot Street;
- on Fuller Road in Fuller Park; or
- “a no build” option.
We support the Depot Street location as the best place to serve the greater Ann Arbor community for a number of reasons:
- An established history of over 176 years serving as a rail hub
- Connectivity and proximity to downtown Ann Arbor
- Accessibility to alternate transportation and highway routes
- Use of existing infrastructure to support transportation
- Options for staged improvements as financial means are identified
- A favorable location for transit-oriented development
- A deeply held community conviction that park land along the Huron River is irreplaceable
Why we are reaching out at this time? Because, if park land is used for transportation purposes, the decision makers must demonstrate that there is no “prudent or feasible alternative location”. We believe that the Depot Street location is both prudent and feasible, and that its use will provide the best benefit to the community. Ann Arbor City Council will likely make decisions on a preferred location, within the fiscal year ending June 2016. Now is the time to closely consider the issues. Now is the time to make your views heard.
Members of Protect A2 Parks: