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Rapid Transit on Woodward Avenue

Connect Birmingham, Royal Oak, and Ferndale together and to Detroit with modern convenient light rail transit.

This would help encourage redevelopment, attract new businesses, boost property values, help people save money, and make south Oakland an even more vibrant and attractive place to live and work.

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Submitted by Megan Owens 3 years ago

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  1. i would use it daily for work!

    3 years ago
  2. I agree...it's needed. If Minneapolis and Phoenix can do light rail, so can Detroit.

    3 years ago
  3. Let's not forget Pontiac where Woodward turns around and goes back to where it came. The infrastructure is already in place and development has been taking place for as long as people have been here. Let's stop tearing up the forests and fields to build new roads and parking lots, and take advantage of what we already have. It might even help the Road and Water Commission save some money.

    3 years ago
  4. This idea has been around for many years and has never proven itself. When I resided inDetroit, there was almost a yearly "study" for doing this. That is when Detroit was still bustling. Now that Detroit is so fragmented in its neighborhoods, this mode of transportation is less viable than ever. Mass transit systems are never profitable, and this would serve only a limited segment at best. The eventual cost of funding would lead to its collapse.

    3 years ago
  5. Make it toll-supported and not tax supported and you'll probably not find many that would disagree.

    I doubt however that the user base will be large enough to allow for it to be toll-supported. (especially since acquiring the right of ways will be very, very expensive)

    3 years ago
  6. EXACTLY what are we going downtown to do besides sports that you cannot do in the burbs? Work and get taxed even more? Might be a political boondoogle make work project but fiscally sound? Unfortunate,a big Nada. The horse is out of the barn on sprawl in this region and it is never going back in.

    3 years ago
  7. While slightly off the subject, sprawl is the problem. From all the issues with the Detroit Water and Sewer Department trying to serve every community everywhere, to all the road, sewer and infrastructure projects funded by future money that is not coming anytime soon. "If you build it, they will come" might be a great movie line but those of us that are sticking around can't afford to keep paying for the giant Ponzi scheme that has been created. They are leaving Michigan and no expects them to be coming back anytime soon. Given our politicians inability to maintain any long term goals, it is highly likely that this will change soon even as every single town, village, city and township clamors for more roads, sewers, water, libraries. We need to make better use of what we have and not keep building unfulfilled dreams farther and farther away. We can no longer afford that dream.

    3 years ago