This Friday we heard about the M-1 Rail from spokesperson Nicole Brown. The streetcar (not light rail, as some have thought) will run a looped route along Woodward from New Center in the north to Grand Circus Boulevard to the south. This area is the most densely populated in Detroit, and has the fastest rate of growth, so it was chosen as a first step in a new system of mass transit. Here are a few things we learned:
- The M-1 rail extends 3 miles along Woodward, with 19 stops (3 in the center of Woodward, 16 at curbside).
- Stops are designed to connect with existing modes of transportation, such as DDOT, SMART, Amtrak and the People Mover.
- The system is ADA-compliant. Wheelchairs, strollers, and bikes can access the streetcars.
- The streetcar will be operational by 2016.
- This system is funded through a combination of public dollars and philanthropy. No increase in taxes will be required for Detroiters or residents of the region.
- The system will be operational 7 days a week from 6 AM - 10 PM (and will be open until midnight for special events).
- It will run every 7-10 minutes during peak hours, and every 12-15 minutes during off-peak hours. The whole route takes 35 minutes to complete.
Here's how the route looks.
For more information about the M-1 Rail System, check out their website: M-1 Rail.