Michigan Executive

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Michigan Executive
Service type Commuter rail
Status Discontinued
Locale Southeast Michigan
First service January 20, 1975
Last service January 13, 1984
Former operator(s) Amtrak
Ridership 26,000 (1983)
Start Jackson, MI
End Detroit, MI
Distance travelled 74 miles (119 km)
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Track owner(s) Conrail
Route map
Dist. Station
through trains to Chicago
0 mi Ann Arbor
8 mi 
13 km 
30 mi 
48 km 
36 mi 
58 km 
Penn Central Railroad Passenger Timetable (Form 6) showing the Valpo Local service on one side, and the predecessor to the Michigan Executive commuter service on the other.

The Michigan Executive was a commuter train operated by Amtrak between Detroit, Michigan, and Jackson, Michigan.

As Amtrak's mandate did not cover commuter operations Penn Central continued to operate a weekday commuter service between Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan after Amtrak had assumed control of its intercity operations. By the mid-1970s Penn Central asked to discontinue the service, citing dwindling ridership and the aging Rail Diesel Cars it used. Amtrak and the state of Michigan agreed to step in, and the Michigan Executive made its first run on January 20, 1975, running between Detroit and Jackson (to the west of Ann Arbor).[1]:196

In the summer of 1975 the westbound Friday Michigan Executive operated all the way to Chicago, returning the following Sunday.[1]:195 Declining ridership led Amtrak to discontinue the westbound Michigan Executive on June 14, 1982 and truncate the eastbound train to Ann Arbor. Returning commuters took the Chicago-Detroit Twilight Limited. Amtrak discontinued the Michigan Executive on January 13, 1984, after Michigan withdrew its support.[1]:197 State transportation officials estimated that the discontinuance would save $200,000/year, and daily ridership had dwindled below 60.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Sanders, Craig (2006). Amtrak in the Heartland. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. ISBN 0-253-34705-X. OCLC 61499942. 
  2. ^ "Several Options For Commuters". Argus-Press. December 20, 1983. Retrieved 2011-06-06. 

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