About M-1 Rail

M-1 RAIL is a non-profit organization formed in 2007 to lead the design, construction, and future operation of a 3.3-mile circulating streetcar along Woodward Avenue between Congress Street and West Grand Boulevard in Detroit, Michigan. M-1 RAIL is an unprecedented public-private partnership and model for regional collaboration Notably, the first major transit project being led and funded by both private businesses, philanthropic organizations, in partnership with local government, the State of Michigan, and U.S. Department of Transportation.


The mission of M-1 RAIL is to create a catalyst for investment, economic development and urban renewal that positively impacts the entire region through the construction of a streetcar circulator system running along and connecting Woodward Avenue from the Riverfront to the New Center and North End neighborhoods.


The M-1 RAIL Woodward Avenue Streetcar project is envisioned to be one element of a future modern, world-class regional transit system where all forms of transportation, including rail, bus, vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian, are considered and utilized to build a vibrant, walkable region that includes a thriving Downtown Detroit. This city center is envisioned by supporters of M-1 RAIL to become a foundation for growth and prosperity throughout the surrounding neighborhoods adjacent to the Central Business District, Midtown, New Center and North End.

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We had a great time at this morning's community event. We were honored to be joined by members of Congress, Mayor Duggan and Council President Brenda Jones, Governor Snyder, our donors and partners, and of course, U.S. Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to the M-1 RAIL Project. It is due to your unwavering vision that this transit project is on its way to becoming a reality. As Secretary Foxx stated, "When #Detroit moves, America moves." (3 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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We put together a short video on our welding process. Take a look and meet the crew behind the sparks! ... See MoreSee Less

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Rail Welding (19 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

80 ft steel rail was welded into 560 ft long strings using a welding machine that reached heat of up to 1,600 degrees F.

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