Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Ann Arbor-Detroit Commuter Rail Dearborn Intermodal Station Plans Set

Ann Arbor to Detroit Inter modal stop in Dearborn planned - Dearborn city officials presented plans Tuesday for a rail passenger inter modal station that is to be a stop on the Ann Arbor to Detroit commuter rail line and a new home for the city's Amtrak station. The new station is to be about 20,000 square feet and at Michigan and Elm, placing it within walking distance of Greenfield Village and the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus.

It would be completed by October 2010, the same year the Ann Arbor to Detroit commuter line is projected to open with an initial four trains.

It also is to house a terminal for SMART and other buses, and have parking for commuters' cars and bicycles.

The station is part of a larger project to bring light-rail commuter services to the region. The City of Detroit is in the planning phase of creating a commuter rail line along Woodward, from downtown to near the fairgrounds.

Dearborn is a multifaceted city with college campuses, shopping and tourism with 1.5 million people visiting the city annually, but the Detroit metro area lacks regional mass transit, Giering said.

More: Freep

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