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Improving Mass Transportation in Detroit

Feasibility Study of Woodward Light Rail Expansion

Josh Gauthier

on 22 April 2010

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Transcript of Improving Mass Transportation in Detroit

Expansion of
Detroit Mass Transportation Feasibility Study of Extending the Woodward Light Rail Background - At one time Detroit had a rail system throughout the city

- After WWII focus was placed on the automobile

- The people mover was proposed to run thorughout Detroit but -funding was cut for the project Transit Comparison - Denver, Colorado has a similar light rail system that started in 1994
o Started with a 5 mile line through downtown
o Funded privately first then recieved federal funding
o Proved to be effective

- Due to initial sucess there were several expansions

- Rider ship is exceeding all expectation

- Large porject proposed for the future
People involved in the project Engineers



City planners



Population and area affected Much of the area currently being traversed by the M1 rail is up to 65% vacant

Patrons include entertainment event goers, locals, students, individual business commutors

Woodward Ave. is currently 3 lanes each way with a turn lane in the middle

cutting out two lanes for transit lines would not significantly decrease driving space

decreased traffic due to use of mass transit would balance out the lack of lanes.

Landscape is flat and relatively open
Economic conditions of the user population More then 65% of the area lives below the poverty line

Wayne State students would use the line to get down town.

The line would make housing farther off campus more appealing.

Cut down on enormous congestion due too multiple entertainment events

Businesses in the new center area will benefit more from entertainment traffic Currently Proposed Transit Systems in Detroit Currently Proposed Transit Systems in Detroit Questions To be completed in two phases: Phase 1 (M1-Rail): Privately funded stretch of the light rail starting right at Hart Plaza and ending at W. Grand Blvd.

Funded By: Mike Ilitch, Peter Karmanos, Roger Penske, Dan Gilbert, and Matt Cullen

Length: 3.4 Miles Phase 2: To be completed by city/state governments. Will continue Light Rail from W. Grand Blvd. to 8 Mile.

Funded By: Federal Funding 50-60%

State, local, other resources 40-50%

Length: 5.9 Miles Construction of the M-1 Rail to start fourth quarter of 2010. Operational by 2013.

No concrete plans set for Phase 2.

Total Cost for 9.3 Miles of track:

$371 million dollars (2007)

$389.41 million dollars (2010)

Price Per Mile: $41.87 million dollars

About the Woodward Corridor:

(All Statistics from 2008)

Population: 273,200

Emplyment: 261,900

Daily Bus Ridership: 22,400 Need For the Project Current WLR is inefficective
Extend the Rail to Royal oak
WHY? Design of the
WLR Two Rail System
Single Rail System
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