Detroit hearings for light rail on Woodward

Don’t forget that the M1 Light Rail public hearings are tomorrow, Saturday February 12th.

There are two meeting options. The first is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a presentation at 11:30 a.m.; the second from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a presentation at 4:30 p.m. The public may participate in one or both events, which will be held at the Main Detroit Public Library, Lower Level Auditorium, 5201 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202.

Note that earlier information showed the second meeting starting at 6 p.m. That was incorrect! It begins at 4 p.m.

As we’ve said before, this is a great opportunity to talk about the importance of this project positively impacting bicycling in Detroit. That means improving conditions for bicyclists using the train, riding to the transit stops, riding on Woodward, and riding across Woodward. This is an opportunity to make Woodward  a Complete Street.

And here is a video from WXYZ’s Detroit 20/20 project which provides more information on the project as well as a discussion on its potential extension into Oakland County.

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3 Responses to “Detroit hearings for light rail on Woodward”

  1. Dave Says:

    Attended the 11-1 meeting but still need to practice public speaking/feeling comfortable doing so, but will definitely send in my comments via email. I did hear a few comments related to complete streets, integrating it with non-motorized transportation though.

    I feel becoming more informed prior to attending would have been beneficial, but it was still informative and I would attend other events related to the rail.

    If you have any advice on sending input via email to a body like the city of Detroit (email: and making it more convincing and clear, share your suggestions please.

  2. Todd Scott Says:

    Thanks for doing that, Dave. I attended the later session. Complete Streets and bicycles were mentioned fairly often.

  3. Dave Says:

    For those interested and didn’t attend the hearings on Saturday, here are some other opportunities to give your input:

    1.) Email or send a letter: and

    -The public comment period starts January 28, 2011 and goes through March 14, 2011. To make comments, send an email to

    Written comments may be sent to: Ms. Tricia M. Harr, AICP; U.S. Department of Transportation; Federal Transit Administration Headquarters; 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE; East Building – E43-105; Washington, D.C., 20590.


    2.) Attend a Public Forum

    Palmer Park at Detroit Unity Temple (17505 2nd Ave)
    — Wed., Feb. 16, 7:00-9:00pm

    Highland Park at the Highland Park Recreation Center
    –Tues., Feb. 22, 6:00-8:00pm

    Midtown at the Detroit Main Public Library
    –Wed., Feb 23, 6:00-8:00pm

    Boston/Edison at Little Rock Baptist Church
    –Thurs., Feb. 24, 6:00-8:00pm

    Foxtown/Downtown (tentatively Central United Methodist)
    –Mon, Feb. 28

    Grand Boulevard at St. Matthew & St. Joseph
    — Tues., March 1, 6:00-8:00pm

    Then, on Wed., Mar. 2, an event will be held downtown to summarize and conclude the public forums.

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