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Southfield seeks to introduce LTU students and families to the city with Experience Evergreen

Following a succession of three placemaking wins, the city of Southfield is looking to continue its summer successes with an event highlighting the businesses along Evergreen Road. Scheduled to coincide with the beginning of this year's Lawrence Technological University fall semester, Experience Evergreen will offer students, their families, and area residents an introduction -- or re-introduction -- to the city's commercial corridor.

From Aug. 21 through Aug. 25, more than two dozen participating businesses on Evergreen and within the city center will offer special promotions and discounts to woo customers.

"Experience Evergreen celebrates the new and pre-existing businesses along Evergreen," says Southfield Director of Planning Terry Croad. "For the new Lawrence Tech freshmen and their parents and grandparents seeing Southfield for the first time, we want to be there to introduce them."

The city has had a busy summer in the placemaking department.

Southfield successfully crowdfunded over $50,000 for a public sculpture park, resulting in a $50,000 matching grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Croad expects Red Pole Park to be completed by next spring, if not before.

That park will be located along the Northwestern Highway Bike Pathway, a landscaped pedestrian and bike pathway that runs along the highway service drive. Croad is planning for murals and other public art installations for the pathway, which celebrated its grand opening in late July.

Also debuting this summer was the city's bike share program. The program has already welcomed over 100 registrants in the span of two weeks. Bicyclists can pay by the hour or purchase an annual membership. A student discount is available.

Being a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly city has been a big goal for Croad.

"It's important that people see others outside walking and biking; it builds a sense of community," he says.

"It's like outdoor patio seating. People want to see life and activity on the streets."

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Southfield seeks to build Red Pole Park along Northwestern Highway Pathway and Greenway

In their continued efforts to entice and keep top talent, the city of Southfield is once more turning toward placemaking to make their city more attractive. And this time, they've partnered with Michigan Economic Development Corporation to help make it happen.

As part of the MEDC Public Spaces Community Places initiative, the city of Southfield is seeking to raise $50,000 through a crowdfunding campaign. Should they prove successful by August 4, the MEDC will offer a $50,000 matching grant.

Southfield is raising funds for Red Pole Park, a public art installation to be situated along the new Northwestern Highway Pathway and Greenway. Terry Croad, Director of Planning for the City of Southfield, describes Red Pole Park as a sort of grove of trees re-imagined as abstract art. Tall poles, painted red, will be installed into the ground along the greenway.

Red Pole Park was designed by architectural firm Harley Ellis Devereaux.

"The intent is to create a series of outdoor rooms," says Croad. "We don't want the Greenway to be a passthrough but instead a destination in and of itself."

This is just the first of many upgrades to the Northwestern Highway Pathway and Greenway Croad hopes to enact this year. Also planned is a second installation, or room, rain gardens, public art murals, and improved landscaping.

As detailed in Metromode this past April, Croad and his team have been hard at work transforming Southfield from a city built for cars into a city built for people. An RFP was issued to take 8.15 acres in the city center and turn it into a more traditional downtown, with tighter, pedestrian-friendly infrastructure and streetwalls filled with cafes and retail on the first floor and residential units on the floors above. That RFP was due April 21.

A bike share program is set to debut this July.

The Red Pole Park crowdfunding campaign is being hosted on the Michigan-based Patronicity crowdfunding platform.

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Bike share program kicks off in Dearborn

The city of Dearborn is rolling out its bike share program on Tuesday, June 13. A 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony and 2-mile bike ride will celebrate the launch of the program, which includes 50 bikes at 10 stations that span the east and west sides of the city.

The bike share program is symbolic of Dearborn's desire to move from a car-based culture to a multi-modal one, a transportation system that includes automobiles but also one that is more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly. City officials believe that the key to future growth includes diversified mobility options for Dearborn residents and visitors alike.

"We're going to see an increase in economic prosperity, cultural attractions, and quality of work life and residential life," says West Dearborn Downtown Development Authority executive director Cristina Sheppard-Decius.

"It's going to make activities easier to access and easier to enjoy."

The bike share program has been in the works for at least a year and a half, says Sheppard-Decius, and it's been a combination of city stakeholders, including the Healthy Dearborn Team, Ford Motor Company, and city business leaders, that helped make it happen. Beaumont Hospital helped bring the program to fruition and the Kosch Family, the owners of Dearborn Sausage Co., sponsored the bike stations.

Bike rental stations will be located at Bryant Branch Library, West Village Commons, John D. Dingell Transit Center, Arab American National Museum, City Hall Artspace Lofts, Commandant's Quarters, behind Buffalo Wild Wings on Howard Street, and the intersections of Oakwood Boulevard and Michigan Avenue, Military Street and Michigan Avenue, and Schlaff Street and Michigan Avenue.

Sheppard-Decius says that the program will grow to include more bikes, bike stations, and bike lanes throughout the years.

Bike rental rates are $2 an hour, though unlimited rides can be had by registering as a member at www.zagster.com/dearborn for $20 per year. Register early for a membership with promo code bikedearborn and receive 50 percent off the yearly rate.

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New bus routes, barber shops: September development news round-up


Reflex eases bus transit

Metro Detroit bus riders commuting between Detroit and its suburbs had their lives made a little bit easier this month as they will no longer have to transfer buses at the city/suburb border along both the Woodward Avenue and Gratiot Avenue bus routes. The new service is called Reflex and it's the result of a partnership between Detroit Department of Transportation, Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation, and Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan.

[Michigan Chronicle]

Mediterranean street food biz expands

The Joe Vicari Restaurant Group is prepping for a sizable expansion, adding four more restaurants to its portfolio. The group is planning on building three more 2941 Street Food locations. The fast-casual Mediterranean eateries will open in Detroit, Birmingham, and Auburn Hills with the first two locations opening within the next two months. The group is also planning on a new Joe Muer Seafood location in the Kingsley Inn in Bloomfield Hills.

[dBusiness]

Mystery gift cards...sign me up!

At Home, a furniture and home decor store, has opened in Bloomfield Hills. On Oct. 1, At Home will hand out mystery gift cards to shoppers. It's the sixth Michigan location for the Texas-based company.

[The Oakland Press]

Detroit Grooming Company grows

Detroit Grooming Company, the Ferndale-based personal care product line, opened their first barbershop on Woodward Avenue in Ferndale this past spring. The company recently expanded operations into the second level of its Ferndale storefront and is also opening a second barbershop in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood.

[Model D]

Walk to end Alzheimers

The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Michigan Chapter, headquartered in Southfield, is hosting their annual Walk to End Alzheimer's at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit this Saturday, Oct. 1. Registration for the two-mile walk begins at 11 a.m. A 12:30 start-time follows the opening ceremony at noon.

[Alzheimer's Association]

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Harrison Township road fix spurs $56.6 million in investment

A promised fix to a Harrison Township road has paved the way for major business and jobs investment by a Chinese automotive firm. That path, Executive Drive, runs parallel to I-94 between the Interstate and Selfridge Air National Guard Base and services over a dozen businesses in an adjacent industrial park.
One of those businesses is Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, a Chinese automotive interiors supplier. Once local officials confirmed plans to rebuild Executive Drive for the first time in its 43-year existence, Yanfeng committed a $56.6 million investment in renovating a vacant building along the roadway; officials expect the investment could generate up to 519 jobs for the Macomb County site.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and a host of area business leaders and local and state officials gathered Wednesday, Aug. 10 for a ribbon-cutting, celebrating the official re-opening of the road.

"Executive Drive is a prime example of how the growth of private industry can spur strategic investment in our infrastructure," says Hackel. "Working alongside Yanfeng (Automotive Interiors), our transportation service providers, economic developers and our community partners, we were able to modernize this key industrial roadway."

Built in 1973, Executive Drive has seen few improvements over its 43-year-long lifespan. The resulting deterioration had construction crews tearing up the road and starting over. Beginning April 4, 2016, crews removed the road to its base and installed new infrastructure before rebuilding Executive Drive. An enhanced drainage system replaced the old one and nearby fire hydrants and the municipal fire suppression system received upgrades. A continuous sidewalk was also installed.

The Executive Drive reconstruction received funding from both the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Macomb County Department of Roads. MDOT awarded a $1,634,640 Transportation Economic Development Fund grant while Macomb County committed an additional $700,560 to the project.

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Automotive group to build new headquarters and tech center in Auburn Hills

The state of Michigan and the City of Auburn Hills beat out South Carolina in a bid for the FEV Group and its 750 jobs. 
 
The German powertrain and vehicle design engineering company will build a new North American headquarters in Auburn Hills. Currently already located in Auburn Hills, the company considered a move to South Carolina before a combination of a grant by Michigan and property tax abatement by Auburn Hills helped to convince FEV Group to build its new state-of-the-art facilities in the city in which it currently resides.

The company employs approximately 500 people at its current Auburn Hills facility. FEV Group will hire an additional 250 employees once the new headquarters is built. The promise of 250 new jobs led the state of Michigan to award the company a $1.2 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant.

The new building itself will serve not only as a headquarters but also as a tech center and engineering services facility. More than $27 million will be invested in the development.

The FEV Group is just one of several businesses to recently receive incentives from the Michigan Strategic Fund,  which was announced Tuesday, June 28. In total, the businesses receiving incentives are expected to create approximately 878 jobs and $85 million in private capital investments, says the state.

"The commitment by these companies to grow and create jobs in Michigan will strengthen our communities and fuel more and better jobs for our talented workforce," Gov. Rick Snyder says in a statement. "Today’s investments in Michigan and its people show that our efforts are making our state a desirable location for businesses to locate, grow and thrive."

FEV Group was founded in Germany in 1978. The company founded FEV North America in California in 1985 before moving that headquarters to Michigan in 1988.

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Local brick-and-mortar Italian restaurant chain establishes itself in the food truck game

A well-established metro Detroit restaurant chain is flipping the script on the traditional food truck narrative. For quite a few years now, the food truck has been celebrated as a cheaper way for young restauranteurs to establish a customer base, to bring their food to the public. Food trucks have also been painted as a nuisance to the traditional brick-and-mortar restaurants that spend the time and money necessary to establish roots in a neighborhood.

The Andiamo Restaurant Group is proving that maybe you can have your cannoli and eat it, too. Last year, the popular chain of Italian restaurants debuted the Andiamo Food Truck, adding the mobile kitchen to its nine restaurants and a pastry shop found around southeastern Michigan. The food truck will return to its stops around metro Detroit again this year.

Fans of Andiamo will be able to order many of their same favorites. Items like the calamari, deep fried cheese ravioli, and steak sandwiches range anywhere from $5 to $11 and are prepared fresh in the truck. Dominic Vicari, Andiamo Director of Operations, says the truck is fully equipped with kitchen equipment that includes pasta cookers, fryers, and a panini press.

"People are very surprised that the food we produce on the Andiamo Food Truck tastes just as it does when they order it in our restaurants," says Vicari. "They are able to order some of their favorite dishes."

In addition to parking the food truck in public places, the restaurant chain is also making it available for hire at private events. A customizable menu is offered for such occasions.

The Andiamo Food Truck can be found at major events and festivals throughout metro Detroit this summer. Email foodtruck@andiamoitalia.com for more booking information.

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Bike loop, fix-it stations, and more coming to Pontiac

As a slew of economic changes come to Pontiac, officials are turning to quality-of-life improvements for the seat of Oakland County government, which had fallen on hard times for decades and now has the makings of a revival.

Several bike-friendly initiatives are the latest effort to make Pontiac more livable, likeable and economically viable.
 
New bicycle loops, fix-it stations and way-finding signs were recently installed in downtown Pontiac. They will give cyclists safer and easier paths to the public library, downtown businesses and city parks from the Clinton River Trail. The Friends of Clinton River Trail, Healthy Pontiac, We Can! Coalition, and Oakland County are among supporters and sponsors of the changes.
 
A special event celebrating the improvements took place on Oct. 21 and featured a ribbon cutting at one of the new fix-it stations. Cyclists from Pontiac Light Riders tried out the new features of the trail.
 
Source: Bill Mullan, spokesman, Oakland County
Writer: Kim North Shine

Federal grant funds speedier trains between Dearborn and Kalamazoo

A 135-mile stretch of railway that runs from Dearborn to Kalamazoo will undergo $9 million in improvements to prepare it for a 110-mph regional commuter rail service between Detroit and Chicago.

The federal TIGER grant announced this week is one of several meant to create jobs and improve mass transit infrastructure in the Midwest and across the country. The Michigan Department of Transportation will oversee the project.

The Midwest High Speed Rail Service will run on an AMTRAK line that will eventually provide higher-rate service on a Pontiac and Ann Arbor line through Michigan, to Chicago and other parts of Illinois and Indiana.

“These transformational TIGER projects are the best argument for investment in our transportation infrastructure,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement announcing a total of $474 million in grants. “Together, they support President Obama’s call to ensure a stronger transportation system for future generations by repairing existing infrastructure, connecting people to new jobs and opportunities, and contributing to our nation’s economic growth.”

In Dearborn, where an intermodal passenger rail station is to open in mid-2014 on Michigan Avenue near Brady, mass transit improvements are seen as a way to "draw more visitors, businesses and residents" and "support the city's largest institutions and their employees: Ford, U-M Dearborn and The Henry Ford: America's Greatest History Attraction," says Dearborn Mayor John B. O'Reilly.

Source: Nick Schirripa, spokesperson, Michigan Department of Transportation
Writer: Kim North Shine

Local leaders honored at 2nd annual Regional Transit Awards dinner

With southeast Michigan's Regional Transit Authority underway and M1-Rail about to break ground, a crowd of over 150 transit advocates had considerable cause for a buoyant mood as they strolled the stately gardens and ballroom of the Grosse Pointe War Memorial at Transit Riders United's second annual Regional Transit Awards dinner on May 21st.
 
"Developing a quality regional transit system is a marathon, not a sprint," said Megan Owens, TRU's Executive Director. "It's important to pause and recognize progress, and the people who are making a difference."
 
The Citizen Activist of the Year Award went to Neil Greenburg, whose Freshwater Railway website depicts a fictional Michigan rail system. Greenberg, a self-taught professional transit cartographer and operations consultant, developed the site to garner support for transit by offering a visual experience of the possibilities. Tools to rally public support are needed now more than ever, according to Greenberg.
 
"It's too early to say 'Mission Accomplished'," he said.  "We are at the beginning, not the end."
 
Michele Hodges, who until recently served as Executive Director of the Troy Chamber of Commerce, won the Corporate Transit Champion Award for engaging business, education, and labor leaders in the successful fight against former Troy mayor Janice Daniel's attempt to reject federal funding for the Troy Transit Center.
 
The Unsung Hero Award went to former legislator Marie Donigan, who worked to establish the RTA and make state laws and funding sources friendlier to transit. Donigan continues her transit advocacy work, recently helping to coordinate a 2-day Metro Detroit Transit Workshop.
 
Dennis Schornack, Senior Strategic Advisor to Governor Snyder, won Most Effective Public Servant Award for his work shepherding the RTA legislation through the political process.
 
A Transit Employee of the Year Award went to Detroit Department of Transportation bus driver Michael Childs, who was nominated by a rider for being on-time with a big, welcoming smile every day, despite an increased workload owing to recent cuts in DDOT funding and service.
 
Ann Arbor Transit Authority's new AirRide program, which now provides daily round-trip service between Ann Arbor and Detroit Metropolitan Airport, won the Exemplary Innovation Award.
 
The TRU board sprung two surprises: a Transit Opportunities Award for the entire RTA Board, and an Above and Beyond Award for Owens for her work at TRU.
 
Winners were selected by a panel of 4 judges, including Clark Harder, former legislator and Michigan Public Transit Association Executive Director, Heather Carmona, chief administrative officer of M1 Rail, Sue Zielinsli, managing director of Sustainable Mobility & Accessibility & Research & Transformation at the University of Michigan, and Polly Sedewa, transit activist and past TRU board member.

Writer: Nina Ignaczak 

Growing ridership on Amtrak may translate to a train-ready region

State transportation officials see record Amtrak ridership in Michigan as a sign that the public is more aware of train service and seeing the future of commuter train travel in a more positive light.

In 2012, 792,769 passengers boarded Michigan's three Amtrak routes -- the Wolverine between Pontiac and Detroit/Chicago), the Blue Water between Port Huron and East Lansing/Chicago), and the Pere Marquette between Grand Rapids and Chicago. In 2011, that number was 780,655.

The record ridership also led to record revenue of $27.8 million in 2012, a year that had Amtrak adding extra trains to supplement the regular service.

It comes as plans to bring light rail in to Woodward Avenue downtown Detroit move toward implementation and a move to bring a regional commuter train system to metro Detroit and to Michigan and nearby states moves from a limp to a steady walk. Both are aided by federal funds from a program that endorses mass transit development as an economic stimulant. But with Michigan being a stronghold for auto travel, it's been a tough sell in some parts.

At the same time, Amtrak and the Michigan Department of Transportation have been updating trains and making changes to allow for faster travel speeds and fewer route interruptions that will in turn make train travel more appealing.


Writer: Kim North Shine
Source: Janet Foran, spokesperson, Michigan Department of Transportation

Come talk about Rapid transit along the Woodward Corridor

As regional transit authority legislation moves through Lansing, plans are going forward to bring rapid transit to the 27-mile stretch of the Woodward Avenue Corridor from Jefferson Avenue in Detroit to downtown Pontiac.

Several meetings will be hosted by the Woodward Avenue Action Association, the Michigan Suburbs Alliance and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments and are part of an "alternative analysis, the first step in the process of developing a transit system," says Richard Murphy, programs director Michigan Suburbs Alliance.

The meetings, especially the comments from attendees, will be folded in with technical data, cost and other considerations, he says, as decisions about the exact route, the technology to be used, the station locations as well as connections to the M-1 Rail Streetcar project, high speed rail service and Complete Streets are wrapped into an overall plan.

"We’ll be talking about the purpose and need for the project…What is it that we need transit to do on Woodward and laying out the roadmap for the rest of the work. Over the course of 2013, we’ll have
additional meetings around major steps in the process," Murphy says.

Upcoming meetings are:

Thursday, December 6, 5-7 p.m., Baldwin Public Library, 300 West Merrill Street, Birmingham.
Tuesday, December 11, 4-6 p.m., Detroit Palmer Park Police Station, 12th Precinct, 1441 W. Seven Mile Road.
Wednesday, December 12, 6-8 p.m., Ferndale Public Library, 222 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale
Saturday, December 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Bowen Senior Center, 52 Bagley Street, Pontiac.

Writer: Kim North Shine
Source: Richard Murphy, programs director, Michigan Suburbs Alliance

Changes to Pontiac-Detroit-Chicago rail line topic of state DOT meetings

As plans to improve a 304-mile stretch of passenger rail line that runs through Michigan, Illinois and Indiana move forward, the public is invited to participate in the process that determines what the local impact will be.

For metro Detroiters, the Chicago-Detroit/Pontiac Passenger Rail Corridor could offer connections to places that improve economic situations or quality of life, but it could also affect neighborhoods.

A series of meetings will be held this month and hosted by the three states' Departments of Transportation. The meetings will explain more about the proposal to make changes to the line and also take comments from the public. They will also offer possible route alternatives and identify potential issues that should be considered in the planning. They are required as part of the plan formation and environmental impact assessment to be done before construction can begin.

The rail improvements come as several metro Detroit communities, including Detroit, Pontiac, Troy, Dearborn, and the federal government have invested in new transportation stations that have brought economic benefit to cities around the
country by opening up access to jobs, education and affordable transportation.

According to GreatLakesRail, "the purpose of the program is to improve intercity mobility by providing an improved passenger rail service that would be a competitive transportation alternative to automobile, bus and air service between Chicago and Detroit/Pontiac…The program will provide sufficient information for the FRA (Federal Railroad Administration) to potentially support future decisions to fund and implement a major investment in the passenger rail corridor."

The local meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 7 pm. at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel, 5801 Southfield Expressway, Detroit.

Comments about the changes can also be shared online at GreatLakesRail.org or by telephone, 877-351-0853.

Source: Janet Foran, communications, Michigan Department of Transportation
Writer: Kim North Shine

$15.8 million project will bring Amtrak riders their own line from Pontiac to Chicago

A $15.8 million project will add a new track between Detroit and Dearborn, giving Amtrak passengers and freight cars their own dedicated lines.

The changes to the West Detroit Connection Track, which is the key link between the new Dearborn multi-modal transportation station and Detroit's station downtown, were OK'd by the federal Department of Transportation last week. Feds will pay for half the project and the Michigan Department of Transportation will pay the other half as they look for ways to alleviate a bottleneck on portions of the track.

The West Detroit Connection Track is also a key part of the Detroit to Chicago line, known as Amtrak's Wolverine line.

The project, which will break ground later this year, will alleviate a bottleneck that is increasing waiting times for trains, costing companies money and slowing down travelers.

Carmine Palombo, director of transportation programs for the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, says the changes make sense economically because they allow goods and people to move more quickly and efficiently.

"When you have 10 minute and more delays that are caused by the bottleneck that is there now, that is huge," Palombo says.

But metro Detroit and Michigan are still a long way off from trains carrying coffee-drinking, newspaper reading commuters. Improvements such as new stations, including in Dearborn, Detroit, Troy and Pontiac, as well as changes to increase train speeds up to 110 mph, are lining up to make Michigan a train-riding state.

"It's all part of the overall series of events to improve passenger service," he says.

As of now, the line is mostly for travelers and freight. He says a commuter train between Detroit and Ann Arbor is inching along but still far from a done deal.

"Part of what happens now is existing Amtrak trains start in Pontiac and go to Chicago…The problem is the times are not conducive for a lot of commuters .. The times are geared for getting you to Chicago, not points in between. And the costs are not necessarily in step with what commuters want to pay."

He says legislation that will have the state of Michigan financially supporting the train service could change that.
"When that happens we can have a little more say in the schedules and how that service is run," Palombo says.

In the meantime, the feds, who are executing President Barak Obama's High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program, see the project as a way to address congestion of the Midwest Regional Rail Network and promote alternative forms of transportation and to create jobs and spur economic development.

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation and Carmine Palombo director of transportation programs, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments
Writer: Kim North Shine

Construction begins on $28.2 million transportation station in Dearborn

Ground was broken Tuesday on a $28.2 million station to be used for multiple modes of transportation and a crucial link in regional mass transit.

The Intermodal Passenger Rail Station will be built at 20201 W. Michigan Ave., west of the Southfield Freeaway at the entrance of west downtown Dearborn.

Besides being a crucial link for Amtrak service and local bus services, the 16,000-square-foot glass-and-brick, historical-meets-contemporary structure will serve as a station for all types of transportation public and private.

There will be Wi-Fi service for passengers, bicycles racks, and interior design that highlights Dearborn's history and best-known institutions. The exterior will be a mix of contemporary design elements and historic features of landmark train stations. There will be a pedestrian bridge and a clock tower. In addition, it will be built with green features such as a solar collectors on the rooftop, rain gardens and energy efficient heating and cooling.

Construction is expected to be completed in the fall of 2013. About 280 temporary construction jobs will be created and 25 permanent employees, some full-time, some part-time, will be needed to operate the station. Federal Department of Transportation and economic stimulus funds are paying for the project.

Locally, it will be a convenient source of transportation for employees of some of the city's major institution and for visitors to its tourist attractions.

Regionally, it "will serve as a rail gateway to Dearborn and Southeast Michigan," according to an announcement released by the city Tuesday, the day a ceremony celebrating the ground breaking at The Henry Ford.

"The important transportation link will allow thousands of passengers per year to make connections to Amtrak’s Wolverine service that extends from Pontiac to Chicago; as well as to SMART, DDOT, Greyhound and charter buses; corporate and hotel shuttles; taxis and personal vehicles.

The station is positioned to support the eventual operation of the Detroit to Chicago High Speed Rail Corridor, which already has seen progress in western Michigan.

"It will also serve the proposed Ann Arbor to Detroit commuter rail line. Eventually, the commuter rail line will allow easy bus connection to the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The station’s proximity to the Rouge River Gateway Trail on the north side of Michigan Avenue in Dearborn should prove popular to pedestrians and bicyclists and provide easy access to the campuses of the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Henry Ford Community College," the statement went on to say.

It's a massive overhaul and ambitious project for a site previously used to only to store vehicles.

Source: City of Dearborn Department of Public Information
Writer: Kim North Shine
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