M1 Rail

Construction has started on the $140m M-1 light rail project in Detroit, US, which is also known as the Woodward Avenue Streetcar.

In 2013, the then-US TRANSPORTATION Secretary Ray LaHood announced that a total of $25m in federal funding will be invested in the construction.

The 5.3km-long rail line will travel north and south on both sides of Woodward Avenue between Larned Street and west Grand Boulevard.

The streetcar project will serve 20 stations and run at 12 locations.

Work under the construction includes concrete removal, drainage and track installation, repaving and utility relocation.

"Our goal is to ensure construction activities are completed safely and expeditiously with as little disruption as possible."

It is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

Mlive.com reported that the light rail line will operate 60ft-long driver-operated cars, which can be operated from either end of the car.

M-1 Rail chief operating officer Paul Childs said: "Since announcing our construction start date, we have held several meetings with stakeholders who live, work and visit Woodward Avenue to set expectations about construction activities.

"Our goal is to ensure construction activities are completed safely and expeditiously with as little disruption as possible to businesses, residents and visitors."


Image: Artist’s rendering of a proposed light rail line along M-1 (Woodward Avenue) in Detroit, Michigan. Photo: courtesy of Eisbrenner Public Relations.