Speaker: Peter Anastor, Director of the Office of Rail, Michigan Department of Transportation
Michigan has made substantial investments in passenger-rail service, for increased operational efficiency and time savings on the five current, round-trip services that Amtrak operates in the state. Continuing to make improvements to these routes remains a priority for Michigan, as well as exploring the potential for increased or expanded service. This includes improvements to rail infrastructure South of Lake, which will allow for better passenger-rail operations and reliability. Michigan plans to continue partnering with other Midwest states and Amtrak to identify projects and improvements that will lead to better passenger-train service.
We heard from Peter Anastor, the Director of the Office of Rail for the Michigan Department of Transportation. Office of Rail operations include intercity passenger rail, crossing and safety regulation, safety oversight of light-rail systems, and rail-related economic development programs. Peter Anastor works to ensure that Michigan’s rail system meets the economic needs of Michigan and is safe for the public, passengers, and railroad employees. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from James Madison College at Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.