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 Larned 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.




April 18, 2014 at 11:34 am

Washington district planners are projecting as much as $8 billion in new investment within 10 years of the lines’ completion. Now, it's Detroit's turn.

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Case Study: Washington Retail District’s Future Rides on Streetcars - M-1 Rail


The New York Times recently reported immense growth in Washington D.C.’s burgeoning retail district due to the city’s development of a modern streetcar system. Detroit has already experienced $2 billion in transit oriented development along the anticipated modern streetcar line since 2010. Like Detr…

April 17, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Since 2013, M-1 RAIL has worked closely with the City of Detroit Special Events Office to coordinate with all events being planned for the Woodward Corridor.

Members of the M-1 RAIL team meet with event planning committees regularly to make sure special events and streetcar construction can coexist.

M-1 RAIL appreciates the important role special events play in offering residents and visitors the quality of life amenities they desire. This is why we will continue to work tirelessly to ensure streetcar construction and events can take place simultaneously in Detroit with minimal disruption and maximum enjoyment for all who live, work and play in the city.

--Paul Childs, Chief Operating Officer

April 11, 2014 at 10:07 am

Join us today at Green Garage Detroit as we present at noon during the brown bag lunch series! Project staff will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the project. We hope to see you there!