Join us to participate in the upcoming 2019 City:One Challenge.
What is your most common mode of transportation?:
Do you work for Ford or any of our challenge partners?:
If no, what organization do you work for?:
I volunteer with Detroit Historical Society. I've been involved with Detroit Historical Museum's Glancy Trains Exhibit since July 1997. I'm a retired musician. I run several Facebook groups (including Detroit - Area Railroad History).
What are you hoping to get out of the challenge?:
I want my idea (connecting MCS with downtown Detroit via commuter rail) recognized as a priority, before a failure of institutional memory and future re-development completely walls-off Detroit's Central Business District
Click on the attached link, to access a map showing the route of my proposed double-track commuter rail line, which could eventually link downtown Detroit with Ford Motor Company's landmark Michigan Central Station (MCS) -- but ONLY if this barely-existing, nearly-forgotten, currently-trackless easement is preserved by the powers-that-are. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2408041072787518&set=gm.1166311313567419&type=3&theater&ifg=1
Cleveland Transit System's AIRPORTER commuter trains, equipped with cars produced by Pullman-Standard Car Manufacturing Company, was photographed at the line's Cleveland Hopkins Airport terminal in November 1968. The four-mile extension to the airport had recently opened (more than 50 years ago!) These multiple-unit, self-propelled cars closely-resemble what I would like to see speeding between downtown Detroit and Metro Airport (DTW), with stops at Michigan Central Station (MCS) and Dearborn. A vacant heavily-wooded triangular parcel, located between Town Line Junction and the one-time Ford Rotunda site, could become a location for a new Dearborn commuter rail station (Google satellite view: https://firstname.lastname@example.org,-83.1808388,468a,35y,39.3t/data=!3m1!1e3). From there, the DTW service would diverge from Amtrak's Michigan Line, and follow the existing Conrail Junction Yard Branch south (over I-94) to Canadian National Railway's Dearborn Branch ("the one with the concrete arches"). The airport trains would run parallel with the southeastern edge of I-94, running southwest to Oakwood Junction (located near Uniroyal's "big tire"), and then curve west, paralleling Norfolk Southern Railway's Detroit Division to a new rail terminal at DTW. I hope these self-propelled passenger cars would be fueled with natural gas. "One-seat service" to and from DTW is important -- airline travelers with baggage and children shouldn't be expected to change trains enroute. The November 2016 Regional Transit Authority (RTA) ballot proposal actually required as many as THREE (!) Downtown / DTW seats, including the stop-heavy M-1 RAIL Woodward Avenue QLINE streetcar. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1195203840678123&set=a.319682351563614&type=3&theater&ifg=1
A map I've seen of a proposed rapid transit route connecting Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) with downtown Detroit (via Ford Motor Company's Michigan Central Station) included this segment of the onetime-electrified Dearborn Branch, currently-owned by Canadian National Railway (CN). https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2259476050977355&set=gm.1021938811338004&type=1&theater