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Are You on Board for Light Rail?

Leave a comment below to let us know your thoughts on light rail in Detroit.

Do you believe light rail is a good investment for Detroit?

That’s the question this week after the light rail circulator project along Woodward Avenue in Detroit received $25 million in federal funding.

The proposed 3.3-mile light rail circulator will have 11 stations on Woodward running from downtown to New Center, according to a press release.

Light rail has the support of many business and political leaders, including Roger Penske, the chairman of M-1 RAIL, and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.

“Investing in infrastructure and transportation projects like this are absolutely vital to our economic recovery, and this important funding will make the M-1 project a reality and bring with it nearly 2,000 jobs for the region,” U.S. Rep. John Dingell, a Democrat from Dearborn, said in a statement. “For far too long, Detroit has been one of the only major cities in this country without a source of mass transit, but that ends today. Those who have helped move this project forward at every turn understand that it will help bring opportunity to this great city, in business recruitment, foot traffic in our stores and shops, and reliable, modern transportation that folks can rely on. I’m proud to have worked to help secure this important funding.”

What do you think? Is light rail a good idea for Detroit and southeastern Michigan? Leave a comment to let us know what you think.

Lee Jacobsen February 01, 2013 at 06:24 PM
David, Totally agree with you. Anyone traveling for a short period of time in Europe quickly appreciates the efficient transportation system that they have, and, upon returning to the States, wonders why we can't have at least something better. Over a period of 20 years going to Switzerland, and traveling via train, the train schedules remained the same, and were always clean and on time. Carts for moving luggage were free, and often, designed to actually go on the trains. Europe of course is more condensed, so trains don't have the distance to travel, but we are smart, surely we can do better than what we have now to get around. I remember the trolleys down Michigan Ave in the 50s. Here is a trolley ride from the 1900s for comparison. Not much different. Mexico has em. Note the casual Jay walking by everyone! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=954L9MpfCEo
John Lang February 02, 2013 at 12:24 AM
Your free carts wouldn't be around longer than about 10 minutes down in that neighborhood.
Lee Jacobsen February 02, 2013 at 12:37 AM
John, folk don't steal things that are free, after they take a few because they can, and the scrappers refuse them, the carts will stick around. One can also add access posts of an 'artistic' nature which keep them localized and not all over the neighborhood. Detroit folk are used to the posts, we see them in front of supermarket doors to prevent carts from helping the homeless in the parking lots.
John Lang February 02, 2013 at 02:46 AM
Folk don't steal things that are free. Now there's a concept. Would that be like the free copper pipe that gets taken out of a residential property that the scrappers refuse? What a fantasy world some live in. A video from a hundred years ago? Put us in a time machine and take us back there. Please. I'm all for it. Instead, for a dose of 2013 reality, get in your car and take a ride down to Woodward Avenue, park your car in a dark lot, get out and start walking. See what happens. Then come back and tell us about it.
Lee Jacobsen February 02, 2013 at 06:15 AM
John, there are all kinds of 'free' iron manhole covers that the scrappers seem to refuse as well. The carts will survive. Regarding walking down a dark Woodward ave at night, not a problem in Birmingham, Royal Oak, etc, or do you mean Detroit? That would be a problem, but of course the train system and stops will have lights, and all would be bright in the world. The Detroit lighting system will be privatized by then and folks that know how to screw in a light bulb will be on the job. Light rail vs Advanced Buses? Long argued, and here is a site that offers some comments. A combo of both seem to be the answer. In CA not so good. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/12/fast-buses-vs-light-rail-you-decide/

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