Officials Break Ground on Dearborn Rail Center

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Jonathan Timm

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Construction is beginning on a new high speed rail station in Dearborn. As WDET’s Jonathan Timm reports, public officials and transportation specialists met Tuesday to break ground on the station.

Local and federal officials took an old-fashioned steam engine into the Henry Ford Museum to announce new transit developments in Michigan. Dearborn Mayor Jack O'Reilly, Congress members, and federal transportation officials gathered to break ground on a new intermodal rail station. The station will support a high-speed route between Metro Detroit and Chicago. Representative John Dingell says the project will be an economic engine for the state of Michigan.

“High-speed transit between here and other places around the world is going to be critical to the continued growth and economic development and well being of our people. We are proud of the fact that this is a meaningful step.”

The station is supported by nearly $30 million in federal funding as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Officials say the station will be completed by next fall.