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Detroit, MI
M-1 Rail
A conceptual rendering of the M-1 RAIL Streetcar line traveling through Downtown Detroit
A conceptual rendering of the M-1 RAIL Streetcar line traveling through Midtown Detroit
A conceptual rendering of the M-1 RAIL Streetcar line traveling through New Center / North End Detroit
The 3.3 mile streetcar route will include 20 stations serving 12 locations and connect riders to key destinations along Woodward Avenue. The streetcar will serve curb-side stations for nearly the entire length of the route, transitioning to center-running at the north and south ends of the system
M-1 Rail: Current Construction Progress (As of 19 Feb 2015)
TIGER Grant Award
TIGER Grant Award
Start of Construction: (Left to Right) Mayor Mike Duggan, Matt Cullen, Roger Penske
Rail Delivery
Rail Welding -- Project awarded 30% of construction work to Detroit-based, and minority and women owned businesses
Thermite Welding -- Project awarded 30% of construction work to Detroit-based, and minority and women owned businesses
Concrete Pour -- Project awarded 30% of construction work to Detroit-based, and minority and women owned businesses
M-1 Rail

The M-1 RAIL Streetcar system is currently under construction on Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. It is the first major public transit project led and funded by private businesses and philanthropic organizations, in partnership with local, state and federal governments.

The streetcar will travel north and south on both sides of Woodward Avenue for 3.3 miles (6.6 miles round-trip) when complete in late 2016. The streetcar will serve Detroit’s largest job centers and most visited destinations. It will provide a foundation for improved and expanded public transit throughout the region and ignite tremendous new growth and job creation. The streetcar system will include 20 stations (16 curbside and 4 median running) at 12 locations.

Project Details
  • Region
    • Midwest
  • city
    • Detroit, MI
  • neighborhood(s)
    • Downtown
    • Midtown
    • New Center
    • North End
  • project size
    • 3.3 linear miles (6.6 miles roundtrip)
  • streetcar capital cost
    • $140 million ($5.5 million anticipated annual operating cost)
  • project status
    • Under construction
Strategies Implemented
Design
  • To increase movement about the Woodward Avenue corridor
    • 16 curbside and 4 median-running stations at 12 locations.
  • Locate stations close to other transportation options
  • The streetcars are designed to run 60% off wire
Process
  • Continuous communication with residents and companies has been paramount to M-1 RAIL’s engagement. There were multiple advisory councils, countless hours of personal outreach and thousands of connections. The input and encouragement M-1 RAIL has received from the community has shaped the project for the better.

    • Distributed weekly electronic construction update
    • Established and host community and business advisory councils that meet regularly
    • Hosted community and business stakeholder update meetings
    • Awarded 30 percent of construction work to Detroit based, and minority and women - owned businesses
    • Made personal connections with residents and business owners through phone calls and visits
    • Conducted robust digital outreach through M-1 RAIL.com, Facebook, Twitter and Vimeo
    • Conducted a robust media campaign to share information about the project
    • Conducted community outreach by hosting public forums to develop an Environmental Impact Statement and Environmental Assessment with revised Record of Decision
Funding
  • STREETCAR CAPITAL COST: $140 Million
  • PUBLIC SECTOR PARTNERS
    • City of Detroit, Downtown Development Authority
    • Michigan Department of Transportation
    • Michigan Economic Development Corporation / Pure Michigan
    • Tiger Grant I and Tiger Grant 6
    • U.S Department of Transportation,
    • Wayne County
  • PRIVATE SPONSORS
    • Bank of America
    • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
    • Chevrolet Division of General Motors
    • Compuware Corporation
    • Detroit Medical Center
    • DTE Energy
    • Ford Foundation
    • Ford Motor Company
    • Henry Ford Health System
    • Hudson-Webber Foundation
    • Ilitch Holdings
    • J.P Morgan Chase & Co
    • Penske Corporation
    • Quicken Loans
    • The Chrysler Foundation
    • The Kresge Foundation
    • Wayne State University
  • NEW MARKET TAX CREDIT PARTNERS
    • Great Lakes Capital Fund
    • Invest Detroit
    • J. P Morgan & Chase Co
    • LISC's New Markets Support Company
    • United Fund Advisors
Policy
  • Michigan Legislature passed legislation that provides for the following

    • Authorizes a nonprofit corporation to operate a street railway system
    • Declares as a public purpose, state assistance to nonprofit street railway companies
    • Requires the Governor and State Budget Director to include an appropriation to a nonprofit street railway company in the annual budget submitted to the Legislature
    • Specifies the appropriation as the difference between the street railway company’s annual operating expenses and its revenue
    • Permits the Michigan Department of Transportation to provide financial assistance to street railway companies in the form of grants, leases, loans, and purchases
    • Allows MDOT to spend sums for the construction, modernization, rehabilitation, rebuilding and relocation of rail property
    • Allows MDOT to perform or contract for maintenance or improvements on rail property

Detroit, 2010

2010
Pop. Loss Since Peak
Peak year: 1950
0 75
61.0%
2010 Unemployment
0 75
25.0%
2010 Poverty
0 75
29.0%
2010 Res. Vacancy
0 75
23.0%
2000–2010
Population Change
-30 0 15
-25.0%
Unemployment Change
-30 0 15
11.0%
Poverty Change
-30 0 15
8.0%
Res. Vacancy Change
-30 0 15
12.5%