Crews preparing Woodward Avenue for the M-1 Rail unearthed the city’s old streetcar rails.
The twin rails have been buried beneath the road for decades after the streetcar system ended service in 1956 to make way for buses. Electric-powered streetcars had operated since the 1890s, when they replaced horse-drawn railcars.
Now the city is getting ready to bring back streetcars with the M-1 Rail, which will travel 3.3 miles from Larned Street to West Grand Boulevard. The new system is expected to be complete by late 2016.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.