Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. C. Scott Smith
Dr. Benjamin Ofori-Amoah
Dr. David Lemberg
Amtrack, rail, transportation, transit, planning
Masters Thesis-Open Access
Incremental speed increases have been a main focus of Amtrak in recent years. Now operating at 110 mph within three different service lines in the United States, Amtrak is making progress toward achieving maximum speeds within rail corridors. This study focuses on Amtrak’s Wolverine service line which operates daily passenger rail service between Chicago, Illinois and Detroit/Pontiac, Michigan. Specifically, this study will look at six cities connected by this service that are east of Chicago. The six cities examined in this research are Hammond, Indiana, Michigan City, Indiana, New Buffalo, Michigan, Niles, Michigan, Dowagiac, Michigan, and Kalamazoo, Michigan. This segment of the rail corridor is currently the only area in which trains travel at speeds of up to 110 mph. This study focuses on recent speed increases within this segment of the Chicago-Detroit corridor and the effects of these speed increases on local planning. Interview data from local planning officials combined with a quantitative analysis of transit-oriented development characteristics from individual cities are used to understand the differing variations of responses and perceptions to the developing high-speed corridor. Results show significant differences between certain groups of cities and reveal specific reasons as to the nature of the cities’ differing planning responses.
D'Ambrosio, John-Luke, "Local Planning and High-Speed Rail: Responses and Perceptions in a Developing Amtrak Corridor" (2014). Masters Theses. 542.