The region got great news earlier this month – a new federally funded train station could open in Dearborn as soon as the Fall of 2013. This new station will provide access not only to existing Amtrak service but also to SMART, DDOT, charter buses, corporate and hotel shuttles, taxis, and personal vehicles. Strategically located, the station is near the University of Michigan – Dearborn, River Rouge Gateway Trail, and The Henry Ford complex. In addition, the station will help set the stage for high speed transit between Detroit and Chicago.
What is the SEMCOG connection? Our expert engineers and planners assisted Dearborn with an important pedestrian crossing at the site of the proposed station which is on Michigan Avenue. This work was done as part of SEMCOG's Road Corridor Assessment program in which member communities are provided recommendations to improve safety, pedestrian walkability and bikeability, community attractiveness, and incorporate green infrastructure strategies. And many communities have been able to secure funding to implement these recommendations.
In talking with Dave Norwood, Dearborn's lead on sustainability issues, he stated that our work helped secure:
- MDOT Training Wheels class – on road bike facilities (train-the-trainer course).
- Pollution Prevention (P2) grant to develop a sustainability plan for the city.
- The EPA Global Green grant looking at sustainable, neighborhood-oriented development.
To learn more about SEMCOG’s Road Corridor Assessment program, we invite you to participate in our Webinar on May 2. We look forward to working with you!
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