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Pontiac is the terminus of the Wolverine Service and consists of a small modern Pontiac Transpotation Center depot building that is brand new, dedicated on August 8, 2011, after a 1983 transit center had to be demolished. Amtrak service was first extended here from Detroit on May 5, 1994. The center has some middle metal benches, restroomsand wrap around windows, as well as a Greyhound Ticket Counter open weekdays for just the one daily northbound to Flint and southbound to Detroit trips a day. I unfortunately had to wait outside until it was time to board the Wolverine, the transit center is only open from 11:00am to 5:00pm weekdays meaning the passengers from just 1 out of 3 weekday Wolverine trips can take advantage of the waiting area. There is Quick-Trak machine inside so boarding passengers must get their tickets manually issued onboard. The signs for the Pontiac Transit Center at the couple of entrances to the parking lot that is north of the center along Woodward Avenue (the same street that the Detroit Station is above) have MDOT, Amtrak and Greyhounds logos on the entrance signs. Amtrak does have offices at the station since the stop is a terminus and these are inside two portable trailers north of the transit center. Directly outside the center is a wide buses only bus loop, and along the opposite side of it is a simple low-level train platform with a yellow tactile warning strip with a wheelchair lift tucked beneath an eve of the transit center, not in an enclosure. There is no Amtrak signage, just some silver cut out letters on the side of the transit center and a CN Pontiac sign on the switches at the station. The platform's southern end is near a grade crossing with Wesson Street and just south of it, away from the station are some yellow stools for Amtrak employees I guess to have easier access up to their trains. Towards the northern end of the platform (that ends just by ramping down to become a sidewalk, along with the low outside fence ending) starts sloping down for the underpass of Orchard Lake Road. The stop is a block away from downtown Pontiac where I had trouble finding some take-out for my Amtrak trip back to Chicago.
All photos unless otherwise noted were taken on 29 October, 2011

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A station directional sign near a railway overpass near the station
Two CN labeled overpass
The platform entrance
The walkway along the parking lot
CN Royal Oak siding
P42 #126 stopped at Pontiac and will be the rear engine of overpowered Wolverine Train #355
P42 #126 on the small platform
The end of the platform s just the sidewalk going up slightly
The one Amfleet-I in a consist, a cafe-club car #48181
The Greyhound sign in the ticket window for the just single trip north or south a day
Looking through the sun drenched waiting room
Another view into the depot
More benches in the depot
The bus loop outside of the transit center
The transit center outside the building
In front of the transit center is just for buses, just two stop a day
The trailers used as Amtrak's offices
The only way to know these trailers are used by Amtrak's crews, signs that are designed to be used on board the train that say 'Crew Members Only Beyond This Point'
The southern side of the parking lot
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Last Updated: 11 November, 2011
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