Woodward rail line gets a new name in M1-RAIL and bidding begins on
contracts. The hope is that by late 2010 it will be up and running.
Formerly known as TRAIL for the Regional Area Initial Link, the system
is now called M1-RAIL after the state designation for Woodward Avenue
Paul Childs, a staffer at the nonprofit Downtown Detroit Partnership,
now serves as project manager for M1-RAIL. He said Monday that bids for
engineering design and pre-construction oversight were issued in late
February and project staffers are now reviewing submissions from
Contracts could be awarded for those tasks as early as late March.
Planners hope to break ground by fall and have the rail system running
by late 2010 if all goes well.
"That's pretty ambitious," Childs admitted. "Everything has to align to
make that happen." But he added, "We have a goal, and we think the goal
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