The more Michigan residents take the train to Chicago, the more they can justify the HSR (and this is a good thing). Michigan acknowledges Chicago is a big draw for Michigan residents, so why not suggest riding Amtrak? If the ridership increases, that will help Michigan add/improve routes (I'm thinking, hopefully).
As a native Chicagoan, the proximity of my home town was one of the biggest factors in moving to Michigan.
The train had nothing to do with it because I had no idea how convenient, easy, and fun it was to take the train to the *City* but, now that I know, it's my #2 reason to live here next to the proximity to the shore of Lake Michigan.
Honestly, thanks to my daughter making the suggestion of me taking the train to Dallas to visit her and investigating, then finding this place (thank you to all of you!) and becoming a train fanatic and then traveling more in one year than I have in the past 10 years (in all honesty, I worked 6 days a week)... anything that excites people about the train has a thumbs up from me.
Yay for positive fun stuff and yay for Michigan stepping up and seeing an opportunity.
39,849 miles & 69 trains/trips
California Zephyr(2) Amtrak Cascades (1) Capitol Limited (2) City of New Orleans(10) Empire Builder(2) Lake Shore Limited(4) Pere Marquette(31)
Southwest Chief (2) Texas Eagle(10) Wolverine(3) Bustitution(2) International Limited (2)
*Upcoming 2015 rail trips*
*Tentative 2016 trips*