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Old February 17th, 2014, 09:43 PM   #41
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Detroit could extend the loop and make it similar to the Chicago-L-loop.
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Old May 15th, 2014, 09:00 PM   #42
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Matt Cullen: Detroit’s M-1 Rail streetcar should officially break ground this summer
05/02/14


The area around where the proposed Sibley M1 Rail station would be is surrounded mostly by open space and vacant land near Woodward Avenue and Fisher Freeway

Utility work for the $140 million M-1 Rail project has already begun, and Rock Ventures President and CEO Matt Cullen said he expects to officially break ground for the lightrail track this summer. Once that work begins, the project will be finished in about two years, Cullen said Wednesday at a Detroit Economic Club lunch panel.

The M-1 Rail is a development that had to depend heavily on private and philanthropic money to become a reality. Cullen called it one of the most challenging projects he’s ever been apart of.

More than $100 million was raised privately for the M-1 Rail. Another $50 million is currently being raised to operate the system over its initial 10-year period, he said.

Once initial construction is complete, the lightrail will have 11 stops from Grand Boulevard in New Center to Congress Street in downtown Detroit. Tickets to ride will cost $1.50, with reduced rates for seniors, veterans and other groups.

California-based Stacy and Witbeck was named construction manager and general contractor for the project in July. The firm has constructed 17 streetcar developments in the U.S., the first of which was in Portland, Ore. The company is also currently building three streetcar projects in Seattle, Salt Lake City and Dallas.

Cullen said Wednesday that some people have asked why the project isn’t larger, extending for example from Cobo Hall to the Renaissance Center or heading down Gratiot Avenue to Eastern Market. He said the group has learned from Portland’s streetcar system that “expansion can come later.”

Meanwhile, the 3.3-mile M-1 Rail streetcar project will be “a huge integrator,” for major developments along the Woodward Avenue corridor, not the least of which includes a new Detroit Red Wings Arena and entertainment district, Cullen said
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Old May 15th, 2014, 09:30 PM   #43
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Is there a long-term plan or is this just a line to attract developpement?
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Old May 19th, 2014, 12:21 AM   #44
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Woodward Anenue: These are remains of an old streetcar track?
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Old June 27th, 2014, 11:06 PM   #45
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June 27, 2014 at 11:24 am
Construction to begin next month on M-1 Rail project

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Detroit — Officials announced Friday that construction work will begin July 28 on the city’s M-1 Rail streetcar line.

The work will cause a 120-day closure of Woodward from Adams to Campus Martius Park, according to officials, who discussed plans with businesses in the Woodward corridor on Friday during the first of a series of meeting.

“Over the next 30 days, our team will be pounding the pavement to make everyone who lives, works and visits the Woodward corridor aware of what they should expect from track construction and how to navigate around it once we begin on July 28th,” said Paul Childs, chief operating officer of M-1 RAIL.

“We are moving quickly to provide information and resources to businesses and residents along the corridor. There will be a business support program that we will introduce in the coming weeks along with more details about construction activities and timelines as they are finalized.”

Official said Friday the Michigan Department of Transportation and DTE Energy could start work around mid-July before M-1 RAIL begins its work on July 28.

Earlier this week, the City Council approved officials approved permits to pave the way for construction on the $137 million, 3.3-mile line up Woodward Avenue from downtown to Midtown (between Larned and West Grand Boulevard).

Proponents say they expect retail and housing to flourish along the line once it’s running, pointing to economic benefits other cities have seen with similar projects. M-1 Rail officials say they estimate it will cost around $5.2 million annually to operate the line, which will include 20 stations at 12 locations.

Meanwhile, M-1 officials say they are down to two streetcar vendors and should be receiving proposals for “the best and final” offers in the next few weeks.

M-1 Rail officials led by business titans Roger Penske and Dan Gilbert, who have helped organize starting in 2007 the public-private partnership to build the line, have always been optimistic the project will come to fruition.

Paul Hillegonds, the chairman of the Regional Transit Authority board that was created in part to help move M-1 Rail forward, added he doesn’t think that even with a projected $12 million shortfall in funding the streetcar line will fail.

On May 1, some of Michigan’s Congress members wrote to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx with concerns that the project could be in jeopardy without more federal funding. Despite the shortfall, however, M-1’s board of directors voted in June to go ahead with the project, with board members saying the money can be raised through other sources.

Matthew Cullen, the project’s president and CEO, said organizers project the streetcars to be up and running in late 2016.

The project had been set to break ground in late 2013 and open in late 2015 but delays have stalled the process.
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Old July 29th, 2014, 08:51 AM   #46
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Detroit streetcar breaks ground
28 Jul 2014



USA: Construction of the M-1 light rail project in Detroit officially started on July 28. The first stage of construction, due to last 120 days, includes utility relocation and drain installation along Woodward Avenue. Total construction is to last 27 months.

Also known as the Woodward Avenue Streetcar, the 5·3 km line would run along Woodward Avenue from Larned Street to East Grand Boulevard with 12 stops. Stacy & Witbeck was selected as construction manager and general contractor last July.

The cost of construction is estimated at $140m, of which $25m will come from a Tiger grant
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Old September 16th, 2014, 03:41 PM   #47
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Detroit light rail receives more TIGER funding
16 Sep 2014



USA: Federal Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced a $12·2m TIGER grant for the M-1 light rail project in Detroit on September 15. This follows a $25m TIGER grant awarded in 2011.

Project promoter M-1 Rail Corp has committed more than $88m towards construction and operation of the $136m project. Construction of the 5·3 km route, also known as the Woodward Avenue streetcar, officially started on July 28; completion is expected in 2016.

‘TIGER will connect a corridor that’s home to 40% of all the jobs in Detroit — and attracts 15 million visitors year. It’s a project that, simply put, will fire up the economic engine of the “Motor City”’, said Foxx.
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Old September 16th, 2014, 11:29 PM   #48
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Old September 16th, 2014, 11:40 PM   #49
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Is there a long-term plan or is this just a line to attract developpement?
Since Woodward Avenue is basically a straight line and wide enough to accommodate the streetcar ROW for quite a few miles past the end of the line being built, it shouldn't be a problem to extend the streetcar.

I don't think there are currently any plans to do so, though.
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Workers To Begin Laying First Segments Of Rail For M-1 Track
September 27, 2014 5:23 PM

DETROIT (WWJ) — A new phase begins Monday for Detroit’s new streetcar project. M-1 rail crews will begin dragging the first pieces of 560 foot, four-ton sections of rail into place along the downtown portion of the Woodward Avenue route.

The steel rail was delivered and welded in early September. The placement will mark the first steps in laying the track of the six-mile loop.
The work will begin at Temple St. and Cass Ave., with the strings of rail going along Woodward to Grand Circus Park.

The 3.3-mile-long project received $12.2 million in additional funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

This new funding, obtained by the southeast Michigan’s congressional delegation, comes from the U.S. DOT’s TIGER discretionary grant program, which invests in local transportation projects designed to strengthen the economy, according to officials.

A construction crew of about 10 people are working at an outdoor, assembly line in Midtown to take the track and clamp it together to be welded, polished and stored for installation along the first stretch of project between Campus Martius and Grand Circus Park.

“It is very historic,” said Sommer Woods, director of external relations for M-1 Rail, of the project which continues to move forward with a number of partners. “Not only is a rail and streetcar system is coming back to the city of Detroit, but it is historic in how we got to this point. It is a collaboration with all of our public and private partners.”
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Old October 18th, 2014, 03:30 PM   #51
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First pieces of rail for Detroit streetcar:



And from the same channel on Vimeo, animated map of streetcar:

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Old November 3rd, 2014, 11:58 PM   #52
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M-1 Rail cars vendor selected

Leonard N. Fleming, The Detroit News
2:27 p.m. EST November 3, 2014

After weeks of delay, M-1 Rail officials announced today that they have selected a vendor to design and build six rail cars anticipated to cost $30 million.

Negotiations will begin soon on the design of the streetcars with Inekon Group from the Czech Republic. M-1 officials insist that the construction of the cars will be done by American-made products per the country’s “Buy American” requirements.

“M-1 RAIL will negotiate the final terms and conditions with Inekon Group to build our streetcars,” said Paul Childs, chief operating officer of M-1 Rail, in a statement. “Inekon has a strong track record with other streetcar projects in Portland, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., and owns a 40-percent share of U.S.-installed projects. While Inekon is headquartered in the Czech Republic, our requirements specify that it will be compliant with the U.S. Government’s “Buy America” initiative.”

Construction on the $137 million, 3.3-mile line project began in July after years of delay and is expected to take two years. It will run from downtown to New Center and is the city’s biggest transportation project in decades.

M-1 Rail officials initially predicted a quicker selection for the rail car bidding process but did not offer an explanation as to why the selection did not happen at the summer’s end. Inekon officials could not be reached for comment.

Childs said the assembly location hasn’t been chosen but that several spots in Southeast Michigan are under review. “It’s too early to talk about any sourcing or potential manufacturing locations, but we are committed to the principles of Buy America’s support of U.S.-based suppliers and the families who work for them,” he said.

The individual streetcars will be 73 feet long, 8.5 feet wide and 13 feet high and weigh 76,000 pounds and will be powered by lithium-ion battery packs. This will allow the line to run “60 cent off-wire,” Childs said.

M-1 Rail officials contend that the project will start begin in the fall of 2016.

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M-1 Rail's tech center under construction

By John Gallagher | Detroit Free Press

February 14, 2014

The M-1 RAIL team has released architectural renderings of the 19,000-square-foot Penske Tech Center, the operational center of the streetcar line that is now under construction on Woodward Avenue toward a late 2016 opening.

The Penske Tech Center is where M-1 Rail's computer and communications systems, its vehicle maintenance, and its operations team will be based. The Tech Center will be located on between Bethune and Custer Streets north of Grand Boulevard, at the northern end of the 3.3-mile streetcar line.

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Oh no. Another city going for 1990's design, less comfortable, ugly looking, not-100% low floor streetcar models.
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I seriously don't get that anti-wire fetish in the US. Telephone and power lines are cluttered aroudn many cities, even in central areas and no one seems to mind but if light rail would have some power lines its a disaster. Instead they are using this terrible battery technology which comes with a lot of downsides, even though there is no functional necessity for it at all.

For the money spent on this one could instead invest into classy looking overhead lines.
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MDOT installed in March ten steel beams on the west half of the new Woodward Avenue overpass above I-94 in coordination with the M-1 Rail streetcar project:

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This is a map of the three initial planned transit corridors in the Detroit area: Michigan, Woodward, and Gratiot. (The Michigan line has a branch to the airport.)
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You ever think that the streetcar/tram system being developed right now along Woodward Avenue will eventually be expanded to cover the lines shown in blue if demand warrants? Or would that scenario be highly unlikely in all likelihood?
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Dan Gilbert Wins Naming Rights To M-1 Rail Project

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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) — Billionaire Dan Gilbert and his company Quicken Loans will be responsible for giving the M-1 Rail its name.
According to Crain’s Detroit Business, Gilbert donated nearly $10 million to the currently unnamed project. Gilbert, who owns over 70 properties downtown, will also bring high-speed fiber internet service to the entire area later this year.
The streetcar project will run 3.3 miles along Woodward Avenue between downtown and New Center neighborhoods.

The rail line is scheduled for completion in late 2016 and will have 16 curbside and four median passenger stations. It will run in a 6.6-mile loop from Detroit’s riverfront along Woodward Avenue to the New Center area and is expected to spur economic and job growth along the corridor.

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will this be the "Quicken Line"?
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