The Michigan Department of Transportation will study the viability of a passenger railroad line that would connect Holland to Detroit by way of Grand Rapids and Lansing.

The rail line may never materialize, but the study is the first official step by the state to create a new rail line.  The above mentioned cities are currently not directly connected by passenger railroads.

The study was mandated in the fiscal 2015 budget approved by lawmakers.  The budget requires MDOT to submit a report to lawmakers by May 1, 2015.

The Lansing State Journal has all the details.