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Understanding the current transit options in and around the neighborhood

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One of the unique things about Detroit (in my opinion) is the idea that transit does not exist. Many people don't think to use other modes of transportation outside of cars (including Uber nad Lyft). I think step one at least for me, is better understanding who this plan is for (just those biking and walking, is it for those who currently live in the area or new comers or those working at the station etc?) What current hard facts tell us and what already exist. I'm really interested in knowing what already exist (popular walking paths, transit service, bike share stats etc) 

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Hi Mikki! Thank you for your post! I am a Michigan Central Station Challenge facilitator. I completely agree with your approach to this challenge. One of the best ways to create effective solutions is to first understand who needs to be served. Have you observed certain populations in Detroit that are not being served by current transportation systems? Have you observed what has been working well in the area? Hopefully this thread can become a great way for many people to share their knowledge and observations.

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Thank you both for your input on this subject on what already exist or is in the works in the city of Detroit.

The 31.5 mile Joe Louis Greenway is a planned biking and walking trail that extends from the Detroit Riverfront to Highland Park, Dearborn, and Hamtramck. It also includes connectors along Livernois and McNichols. The Joe Louis Greenway will include the Dequindre Cut and portions of the Detroit RiverWalk, as well as portions of the planned Iron Belle Trail and May Creek Greenway.

When completed, it will provide a place for people of all abilities to safely walk, bike, and run while connecting neighborhoods, parks, schools, jobs, historic sites, commercial corridors and public transit.