A light rail up Woodward would not just be for Detroit. And a commuter
rail from Detroit to Ann Arbor wouldn't just be for those two cities.
Mass transit, when done right, could coalesce and serve the entire
"Gas prices hit $4 a
gallon last year and will go up again," he said. "If we can make it so
that commuter rail is faster and cheaper and you won't have to pay to
park your car, then people will definitely ride."
Detroit Department of Transportation predicts 20,000 daily riders on
the Woodward line by 2030, with 11,100 roundtrips per day. The
Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) estimates 5,800
daily riders for the Ann Arbor-Detroit line, with four round trips
Rep. Bert Johnson, D-Detroit, whose district
includes part of the proposed Woodward Avenue rail route, said it's
important for both projects to become a reality. "They are separate
plans, but they show regional cooperation."
Businesses would move close to the rail routes and the region would be "more attractive to live, work, and play," he said.
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