West Middle Empire Builder


The West Middle Empire Builder is a Norte bike train connecting The Village at Grand Traverse Commons Neighborhood to West Middle School for Fridays Fantasticos.

The Empire Builder departs from its Station at Central Grade School (corner of 7th and Wadsworth) at 6:45.

With a nod to Amtrak’s Empire Builder, this bike train enjoys a beautiful ride through The Commons onto the Buffalo Ridge Trail to West Middle School.

About a 3km ride.


A Norte volunteer will lead The Empire Builder to school.

Our trains pride themselves on being punctual. We can’t be late for school, therefore, The Empire Builder will not wait for anyone.

Fridays Fantasticos rules apply:

Helmets required.
Safe riding mandatory.
Smiles and High Fives encouraged.

Please email Bryan Kay, the Empire Builder’s chief Conductor, at if you’re planning on riding The Empire Builder.


Read more about Titans On Bikes HERE.

Email questions regarding our community-wide bike train network to

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