OverviewThe Federal Transit Administration (FTA), as the lead Federal agency, together with Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG),has assessed a proposed streetcar along Woodward Avenue between downtown (Congress Street) and Grand Boulevard in Detroit. FTA prepared a supplemental Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Woodward Avenue Streetcar Project and issued an amended Record of Decision on April 5, 2013. This assessment supplements the environmental impact study completed in 2011 for the Woodward Avenue Light Rail Transit Project.
The Light Rail Transit Project was to build a 9.3-mile light rail system beginning in downtown Detroit, extending northwest along Woodward Avenue and terminating near 8 Mile Road (M-102) in Detroit. The project partners decided to pursue a shorter version of the project that will still bring transit improvements to the Woodward Avenue Corridor, a 3.3-mile streetcar line along Woodward Avenue between downtown and the New Center area. The project as proposed will serve 11 curbside stations for nearly the entire length of the route, transitioning to center-running at the north and south ends of the system. The project would support possible future extensions north of the project terminus, including future Regional Rapid Transit.