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Old 01-09-2017, 02:43 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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I've looked up a few things here and there, but it seems unclear to me. There was once passenger trains that passed through that connected to Toronto and to NYC via Buffalo, but what of this infrastructure still exists? I know that no passenger service exists, but were that to ever be brought back, what infrastructure and right of ways still exist that can be conceivably used for resumption of service?

It seems so fortuitous to me that Detroit is basically halfway between Chicago and Toronto so it seems like rail to both makes sense as that's basically in the range for when high speed rail has an advantage over cars and airplanes. I know the Wolverine route has been working at incremental upgrades and Canada often floats a proposal to create high speed rail along its main corridor. It seems like Detroit is in a good physical place to eventually make good use of both.
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Old 01-09-2017, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Central Mass
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Canada Pacific has a 2 lane rail tunnel. Comes out basically where Vermont St and Porter end. 2 blocks NW of the intersection of Rosa Parks and Fort St. Basically halfway between the Ambassador Bridge and the car tunnel

CN has a rail tunnel under the St Clair river between Port Huron and Sarnia. It's a single track near the Amtrak station, a few miles south of the Blue Water bridge.

None of the bridges carry cars.
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Old 01-09-2017, 03:47 PM
 
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Via trains run from Windsor up to Toronto and connect to the broader network of Via trains. I have never rode it but I know people who have done it and its feasible if you have to be in downtown Toronto and would not need nor want an automobile.

The Amtrak runs from Chicago to Detroit.

There is track infrastructure and rail tunnels but all of it currently owned and operated for freight purposes.

The old Michigan Central Station was in the ideal location to allow for cross-border rail service, the current one not so much. The Via station in Windsor is on a different line than the rail tunnels under the river.
Immigration would be needed on both sides, and I'm not sure our respective governments have figured out a way to process incoming travelers by train yet.
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