The Case for Trains at Detroit's Michigan Central Station
Trains at Michigan Central will multiply Detroit’s economic strength.
Fast trains would make all of Michigan’s major universities and mid-sized cities—along with Chicago, Cleveland and Toronto—an easy train ride away from Ford.
The energy and ideas of those cities will flow into Detroit, multiplying the region’s cultural, intellectual and economic capital.
Michigan Central is located in Corktown—a neighborhood that’s adjacent to downtown and is making a comeback with a vibrant restaurant and small-business scene.
One of Ford's goals is to create and test paradigm-shifting ideas about how modern mobility can drive urban renewal. And trains are critical to that mission.
With a train station, the hub will be the equivalent of a major airport, but people will arrive without their cars. So Corktown will be an incubator for urban design and renewal—bustling with steady flows of pedestrian traffic, modern trains, and smart auto technologies.
Trains at Michigan Central will pull together all of these possibilities.
They’ll create a world-class corridor of high-tech innovation by improving Ford’s connections to the whole region. And they’ll make Corktown a catalyst for revitalizing cities generally—and Detroit specifically.
As Ford’s executive chairman, Bill Ford, has said, Michigan Central Station “in many ways tells the story of Detroit over the past century.”
With modern trains at Ford’s new hub, America’s “comeback city” can become a transformative force in transportation, high tech and urban design.
Isn’t it time to write this new chapter?