Detroit M-1 Rail Streetcar Construction Begins Today
M-1 RAIL Streetcar will began work this Monday, July 28, 2014, with a full closure of Woodward Avenue from Adams Street to Campus Martius Park for approximately 120 days. The announcement was recently made during a meeting M-1 RAIL hosted with small businesses, as part of M-1 RAIL’s public information push to prepare residents, businesses and patrons throughout the Woodward corridor for upcoming construction.
“We are moving quickly to provide information and resources to businesses and residents along the corridor,” said Paul Childs, Chief Operating Officer, M-1 RAIL.
It’s anticipated that the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and DTE Energy could start complementary work around mid-July before M-1 RAIL begins its work on Monday, July 28th. The MDOT and DTE work on Woodward Ave. will not prohibit vehicular traffic and will only require limited lane closures.
The M-1 RAIL streetcar when complete in late 2016 will travel north and south on both sides of Woodward Avenue for 3.3-miles between Larned Street and W. Grand Blvd. The streetcar will service 20 stations (16 curbside and 4 median running) at 12 locations.
The modern streetcar system will serve Detroit’s largest job centers and most visited destinations. This project hopes to ignite economic development and job creation, and provide a foundation for improved and expanded public transit throughout the region. It is also said the project will create construction and permanent jobs for Detroit locals.
To learn more about upcoming meetings and construction activities visit www.M-1RAIL.com.