When I visit Detroit I never like to drive downtown, because parking cost a fortune and parking in restricted spots will get your car towed.
Ford Motor Company is investing $740 million to restore the Michigan Central Station to its original grandeur and create a new destination that will bring together civic organizations, urban planners, technologists, designers, companies and communities to create the future of mobility.
As part of its Community Benefits Agreement for this investment, Ford is collaborating with the City of Detroit and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation's mobility initiative, PlanetM, on the City:One Michigan Central Station Challenge. Español
The City:One Michigan Central Station Challenge puts residents at the center of the conversation and dives deep to understand the barriers that keep the community surrounding Michigan Central Station and the area's residents from reaching their aspirations today. As defined by the Community Benefits Agreement between Ford and the City of Detroit, the community surrounding Michigan Central Station is outlined below. Click the image for more information from the City of Detroit's website.
By gathering insights around the area's mobility challenges and supporting the development of new solutions, the Michigan Central Station Challenge can both catalyze the area as an innovation district and inform other ongoing efforts, such as the City's Greater Corktown Neighborhood Framework Plan.
Through the Challenge, residents, workers and visitors in the community surrounding Michigan Central Station will work with the private and public sectors to identify unmet mobility needs, will collaborate on developing solutions that address those needs, and will help select one or more pilot projects to share up to $250,000 in funding to launch their proposals. These solutions will focus on:
- Helping residents overcome physical, emotional, or social barriers to transportation
- Making the area more inviting and comfortable for active forms of transportation, such as walking and biking.
- Enabling residents to travel to and from major destinations throughout Detroit, whether or not they have a car.
- Reducing the impact of highways and rail tracks, to facilitate the development of a unified neighborhood.
- Making key neighborhood services and amenities mobile to reduce or eliminate the need for various daily trips, such as groceries or medical appointments
Right now, we're in the Explore phase, and our focus is to understand what questions are important to address and where your transportation gaps may be. Please join us to share your experiences online or at one of our upcoming community working sessions.