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, walk-able 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.
M-1 RAIL values working closely with community groups and residents throughout the project. Community Advisory Council members meet monthly to help provide expertise and input to assist M-1 RAIL in building the best streetcar line possible. The CAC engages M-1 RAIL in decision making around its communications and outreach strategies and provide perspective about accessibility, economic development and workforce development that M-1 RAIL will take back to its partners to lead those efforts.
M-1 is also working closely with the business community to communicate construction and engage in planning for the streetcar line. The Business Advisory Council meets monthly to help guide and provide feedback on construction, road closures, parking mitigation and ongoing development of the streetcar line to ensure all opportunities and concerns are addressed as the project gets underway.
For your reference, please reference the current members of our advisory boards.