Mr. Mayor…Why Does Detroit Need A Light Rail System On Woodward Avenue?
Why does the City Of Detroit need to give suburbanites another method of running out of Detroit? Of all the streets in Michigan; Woodward Avenue (M-1) is one of the best streets in the world for public transportation.
The Woodward Avenue bus (D-DOT Bus #53) is always full. SMART buses (#s: 450, 460, 495) are never at a lost for passengers. Driving down Woodward is still fun…not to mention I-75, I-696 and I-94; all of which are souped up M-1s
You can travel from the foot of Woodward to Downtown Pontiac on one bus. From the Rosa Parks Transit Center (in Downtown Detroit) you can travel as far east to New Baltimore, Michigan and as far west as to Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Michigan.
So please; explain to me why do we need a light rail running up and down Woodward Avenue?
I tried clicking on the link at the Woodward Light Rail web site; but each and every link in the ‘Purpose And Need Section’ is disconnected…as are the following:
Locally Preferred Alternative Report document sections
1 Project Overview
2 Purpose and Need
3 Public and Agency Participation
4 Development and Evaluation of Alternatives
5 Screen 1 – Fatal Flaw Analysis
6 Screen 2 – Detailed Evaluation
9 Evaluation of Alternatives
10 Findings and Recommendations
11 Next Steps
Major Milestones of the DTOGS Project
Summary of LPA Revisions
Tearing up Woodward Avenue; which will cause the local businesses there HUNDRED OF MILLIONS of dollars in business is not a good reason to build a light rail system. BTW; think of the traffic nightmares when the construction starts YIKES!!!
How much of the proposed 400 Million Dollars will be used not only to detect and correct any environmental concerns; but also the assured lawsuits that will be visited upon the project before the first shovel full of Detroit is even turned.
Wait…it must be the thought of all those jobs that will be created for non-Detroit residents; as well as non-Detroit contracting companies.
Oh; wait…what happens if the traffic patterns and demographics shift and people need to go in the opposite direction; the system becomes obsolete. What happens if the system breaks down in the middle of an intersection during the fireworks; the very reason people would use the rail in the first place? In fact; what effect will this have on the Thanksgiving Day Parade?
See where I’m going with this, Sir…
Mr. Mayor, a light rail system is not worth the time, effort, cost, loss of business, traffic tie ups that will come with this project. Cost overruns and the fact that the project MAY take up to a decade to complete.
Mr. Mayor; a light rail project that merely travels north/south on Woodward makes neither economic nor demographic s muster. There is only thing to that makes sense for the money that is being offered for the light rail.
GIVE THE 400 Million Dollars to D-DOT AND SMART!!!!!
By giving the money to the bus systems; you have an immediate impact on Detroit’s economy.
First, both systems would have to hire new drivers for the route expansion; an expansion that would be able to change with any demographic shift.
Second REAL JOBS of a lasting nature. Since Michigan is preparing to become the electric car battery manufacturing base for the world; think of the jobs Detroit residents will have. We could put all the laid off auto workers back to work by building the frames and batteries for green powered buses. I mean these are the people who built tanks for WWII; so surely they can build buses.
400 Million Dollars can have an IMMEDIATE impact on the lives of those of us who reside in Detroit proper and Southeastern Michigan. People would stay in the City and come to the City to find work, purchase homes and pay property taxes.
Mr. Mayor; I implore you to please reconsider and as the Federal Department Of Transportation to include the 400 Million Dollars into the President’s proposed jobs bill and put people to work now revamping the D-DOT and SMART.
Just like we don’t need a big, black fist in the middle of Woodward Avenue; neither do we need a light rail system there.
Until Next Time.
Lawrence A. Harper, Sr.