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Major Public Transportation Projects & Innovation Highlights


The following sections highlight select Public Transportation, Rail, Aeronautics, and mobility innovations that are contributing to MDOT’s focus on equity and inclusion, transportation resiliency, and Complete Streets and multimodal accommodations. More info on these projects can be found in the links provided below.

Major Public Transportation, Rail & Aeronautics Projects

New Center Intermodal Facility rendering showing the proposed developments and locations of bus, streetcar and parking.

Public Transportation

New Center Intermodal Facility (NCIF)
Work Activity: 2025
Location: City of Detroit
Type of Work: Passenger Transportation

  • New facility replacing the existing Amtrak station on Baltimore Street, and a new intercity bus station on Howard Street
  • Upgraded train platform with improved safety and faster onboarding/offboarding
  • Support the creation of a transit-oriented development district with enhanced multimodal connectivity 

The NCIF project aims to weave together existing needs of aged facilities with improved intermodal connectivity and high-quality passenger amenities to establish the facility as a world-class transit station.

NCIF Project Information
New Amtrak Midwest Rail cars.


Midwest States Passenger Rail Cars
Work Activity: 2022
Location: Statewide
Type of Work: Passenger Rail

  • Consortium replacing aging equipment used by Amtrak in the Midwest
  • Increased comfort, safety, and accessibility features

MDOT, along with a consortium of Midwest states, is replacing aging equipment used by Amtrak in the Midwest. Thirty-three locomotives are already in service, with a planned fleet of 88 rail cars in service in 2022. The equipment is branded "Amtrak Midwest" and is jointly owned by Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Missouri, and is 100 percent Buy America-compliant.

Rail Program Information
Plane taking off at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Airport in Detroit.


Coleman A. Young Municipal Airport
Work Activity: 2022
Location: City of Detroit
Type of Work: Airport Layout Plan (ALP)

  • In 2019, the city started an update to its ALP that provides a 20-year road map for proposed facility, safety, and operational upgrades, including:
    • Conversion of the curb-facing portion of the airport along Conner Street to a pedestrian corridor that would be an extension of the Joe Louis Greenway
    • Returning the Davis Aerospace High School to the airport with more opportunities for low-income and minority students

Aeronautics Program Information

Mobility Innovations

Mobility gaps are a key indicator of inequities in our transportation network and innovation and new technology can be used to fill the gaps to provide greater levels of EJ, equity, and accessibility. This section highlights current and planned passenger transportation innovation projects during the FY 2023-2027 timeframe.

Automated Bus Consortium

MDOT partnered with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC), PlanetM, Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA), and the Huron Transit Corp./Huron County to join 10 other agencies from around the country to form the Automated Bus Consortium (ABC), a collaboration led by consulting firm AECOM.

ABC members developed and issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) in early 2022 for 40-foot full-speed accessible electric automated buses that will be deployed in various environments around the country. By joining the consortium, the cost of developing, implementing, and evaluating the demonstrations are shared and reduced for each agency. The plan is to begin purchasing the automated buses and deploying them as early as 2024.

Electric Buses and Infrastructure

MDOT is working on the nation’s first extended purchase contract for small electric buses. A Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Low and No-Emission Bus Program grant provided funding for buses and charging infrastructure to six transit agencies across the state, including Macatawa Area Express, Benzie Transportation Authority, Delta Area Transit Authority, Clare County Transportation Corp., CATA, and Huron Transportation Corp.

Emergency Preparedness

The MDOT Office of Passenger Transportation (OPT) has contracted with a consultant to assess and evaluate rural transit planning activities specific to emergency preparedness and emergency response scenarios. The consultant will work with Michigan public rural transit agencies to develop an emergency management plan with goals and objectives, strategies to guide/impact emergency responses, and peer research and comparisons for agencies to utilize.

Rural Technology Assessment

OPT has contracted with the consultant firm (HNTB) to assess rural transit agencies statewide to determine their use of and readiness to adopt new technologies. This project will result in a statewide rural transit technology strategic plan to define goals and objectives, identify trends, and help guide technology investments.

Interactive information MDOT deployment of emerging technologies can be explored on the Innovations interactive map.