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New Center Intermodal Facility

New Center Intermodal Facility drawing showing a city landscape on a blue background.
Department of Transportation

New Center Intermodal Facility

The New Center Intermodal Facility (NCIF) is a proposed project that would combine a station for intercity bus carriers (such as Greyhound, Indian Trails, Miller Transportation, and Baron’s Bus) with the existing Amtrak train station at M-1 (Woodward Avenue) and Baltimore Street in the New Center neighborhood of Detroit.

Features

  • A renovated train station and place to buy tickets, handle baggage, and wait for both trains and buses on the north side of the train tracks.
  • An upgraded train platform with improved safety and faster onboarding/offboarding.
  • A new bus station on the south side of the train tracks connected to the train station by a passenger tunnel.
  • A drop-off/pick-up area for taxis, Uber/Lyft, and personal cars on the south side of the train tracks.
  • Connections to DDOT, SMART, and the QLine.
  • Bikeshare, scooters, carshare, and public parking (including electric vehicle parking) available on-site.
  • Proposed Site Diagram

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

Purpose & Need

  • Overdue Facility Updates
    The current Amtrak train station and Howard Street intercity bus station are expensive to maintain due to their age and are not up to standards for accessibility and safety.
  • Limited Access to Opportunity
    New Center residents, and Detroit residents in general, have limited access to cars, increasing the need for other mobility options.
  • Disconnected Transportation Options
    Passenger rail and intercity bus services are currently located at two separate facilities that do not connect to each other.

Goals & Objectives

  • Restore essential transportation facilities to a state of good repair.
  • Establish a regional transportation hub providing multimodal access and convenient connectivity with a focus on meeting the needs of disadvantaged communities.
  • Provide high-quality passenger amenities and public space improvements to enhance the customer and pedestrian experience in the Project area.
  • Invest in opportunities to drive transit-oriented development in the local area while offsetting facility capital and operating costs.

Schedule

NCIF schedule showing progress and stages from public input in 2022 to open to public use in 2026.