Amtrak - Michigan

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Amtrak will keep its two state-subsidized trains running at least through the end of the year.

The railway agreed to continue its Chicago-Toronto and Chicago-Grand Rapids lines at least through Dec. 31.

State law prohibits Amtrak from receiving more than $5.7 million a year from the state to operate the two lines.

But Amtrak had threatened to end its Michigan services unless the state paid it $7.1 million. The railroad says it needs the extra money to offset higher costs.

The state Senate has passed a transportation budget bill that includes language to lift the cap for Amtrak for the next fiscal year. The bill is now before a House committee.

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