Scott Maits



December, 2021

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Supported a comment by Ashton Parsons on Michigan Central 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Ashton Parsons
Connecting to the Q Line via the old rail car line which was included when the building was opened.
Supported a comment by Peter Dudley on Michigan Central 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Peter Dudley
Historically, most MCS employees and intercity rail passengers accessed the landmark via the East Entrance, adjacent to a covered light rail terminal. In 1914, regional electric interurban service extended from MCS as far as Almont, Ann Arbor, and other southeastern Michigan points. DEPOT LOOP streetcars shuttled constantly between MCS and downtown Detroit until 1938.
Adaptive re-use of the long-gone terminal site as yet-another park ("The Triangle") doesn't make sense. M-1 RAIL should extend its streetcar service along Michigan Avenue, from Campus Martius to the East Entrance.
Another possibility: EXPRESS light-rail service, running alongside the forthcoming grade-separated May Creek Greenway and West Jefferson Avenue, could connect MCS with downtown Detroit via the recently-privatized Joe Louis Arena Garage transit hub, and the adjacent Detroit People Mover (DPM) station.
The north side of the garage was intended to serve as a commuter rail terminal -- the trains never arrived.
Supported a comment by Betsy C on Michigan Central 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Betsy C
Shade and shelter at bus stops. More bike lanes. Make the Rosa Parks transit center a cool place to hang out (like other downtown parks).
Supported a comment by Peter Dudley on Michigan Central 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Peter Dudley
I favor the attached 2020 map as a point-of-departure for a plan to make MCS a regional and inter-city transit hub.
Supported a comment by John Mohyi on Michigan Central 5 months, 3 weeks ago
John Mohyi
Hands down, wedding venue on the top floor with hotel rooms for rent. Also, the train tracks that run from the MCS past Greenfield Village, should be actually connected to Greenfield Village. Then all you need is an old school train. The MCS development needs to create new experiences!
Supported a comment by Peter Dudley on Michigan Central 5 months, 3 weeks ago
Peter Dudley
The following was posted by Steve Burns at Detroit - Area Railroad History Facebook group (edited):
The new-in-2014 Dearborn Amtrak Station includes an entrance to Greenfield Village (doors at base of south elevator tower, leading to concrete walk and gate). I talked to an Amtrak agent there recently, and he doubts that entrance has ever been used. An agent would have to call a museum staffer to come over and unlock the gate -- not something the museum would be interested in doing. It's easier to only admit people at the Village's main entrance.
The Village still maintains a rarely-used physical connection with Amtrak's MDOT-owned mainline, which diverges from the mainline east of Smith's Creek Station.