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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Weekly Email Updates


Motor City Streetcar

M1 Admin , March 02, 2015

M-1 RAIL seeks streetcar operator, issues RFP

M1 Admin , February 25, 2015

Big ambitions for Detroit’s M-1 Rail system

M1 Admin , February 25, 2015


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#FlashbackFriday: Our friends from the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy dug up some gems from Detroit's fabled streetcar system! The streetcars of the past made winter traveling a little easier, and the streetcars of the future will do the same! ... See MoreSee Less

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