Transit Oriented Development:
Planning for a rapid transit system in Detroit has taken place since 2008. In late December 2012 U.S. Department of Transpiration Secretary Ray LaHood provided M! Rail the approval to move forward with the M1 Rail Streetcar plan. This light rail project,six years in the making was approved after the Michigan State Legislature approved the creation of an Regional Transpiration Authority during a lame duck session in December 2012.
In April, M1-Rail announced that in addition to hiring its core executive staff, selecting board member including Midtown Detroit, Inc.President Susan Mosey, that constriction will begin on the 3.3mile project in June. Mandatory environmental studies are currently underway. The 3.3-mile M1 loop between Hart Plaza and New Center -- with a predicted 3 million yearly users -- will cost an estimated $5.1 million annually to operate, rising to $6.5 million by 2022. M1, which launched in 2007, has said it will endow a $10 million fund to operate and maintain the system for up to 10 years, until 2025, at which point the group plans to donate the project assets and operating responsibility to the regional transit authority. Their plan is a mostly curbside-running, fixed-rail streetcar circulator system, co-mingled with traffic, with 11 stops between Grand Boulevard and Congress Street. It will run in the median at its north and south ends.
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Designing for Transit Oriented Development Along the Corridor
27 meetings, close to 400 residents and plenty of conversation resulted in the development of the Woodward Light Rail, TOD and You Report. Contained in this report are the community’s recommendations for the continued development of a cohesive, transit-friendly corridor.
With the planned development of M1 rail and a rapid bus line, the creation of the development of a plan that harnesses the potential economic power these two developments could have was critical to the Greater Downtown community.
As organizations such as Midtown Detroit, Inc and Downtown Detroit Partnership are working to continue developing the corridor into a thriving, vibrant area with increased investment this plan will be used to guide its development.