Train travel is propelling toward pre-pandemic levels in Michigan after more than a year of limited routes.

Amtrak and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) are restoring daily Wolverine round-trip trains between Detroit/Pontiac-Chicago via Ann Arbor and Dearborn in response to increased travel demand.

Since last March, only one round-trip ride was running on this route due to the pandemic.

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Ridership in June rose to more than 17,000 passengers, compared to 5,500 passengers in June 2020, said Peter Anastor, MDOT Office of Rail administrator.

“So far, June was the highest ridership we’ve seen for the past year,” Anastor said. “With more people riding the train again, it makes the business case to restore the second Wolverine frequency now and the third round-trip after Labor Day.”

Effective July 19, eastbound trains 350 and 354 and westbound trains 351 and 355 will depart Chicago and Pontiac mornings and evenings, respectively.

Starting Sept. 7, the mid-day round-trip frequency of trains 352 and 353 will return and restore full service with a total of three daily Wolverine round-trip trains.

Available tickets and updated schedules are available on and its mobile apps. Reservations are required for Amtrak trains on Michigan routes.

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