Chicago to Holland: State Rep. pushes for Tulip Time train

The Tulip Time trains would leave from Chicago early on the two Saturdays of the event.

We are less than two months away from the start of Tulip Time 2018 and one local lawmaker has a plan to bring in more visitors to this year's event.

His target? The nation's third largest city.

State Representative Roger Victory has pushed the concept for the last three years. The Tulip Time trains would leave from Chicago early on the two Saturday's of the event, May 5 and May 12. Those trains would head into Holland with return trips scheduled.

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Rep. Victory hopes to use the Tulip Time trains as a test to attract trains to other major West Michigan events, like ArtPrize. "Load a train, bring a trainload of folks from Chicago into Holland and they don't have worry about parking," Rep. Victory told WZZM 13.

"They can walk through the community, visit those beautiful downtown shops, spend their money, enjoy the culture, enjoy the event, and then able to be home that night back in Chicago," he said.

Victory tells WZZM 13 this is not official yet but they are very close. He's hoping city leaders can help promote the concept so it can be a success and welcome other opportunities in the future.

This isn't the only attempt to push Chicagoans into West Michigan. Victory says a Pure Michigan Day is scheduled at Union Station on April 3-4 to to help promote Michigan destinations and events.

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