Up Close: M-1 Rail begins taking shape in downtown Detroit

All photos by Steve Neavling

Woodward Avenue is unrecognizable in some areas as crews begin laying tracksĀ for Detroit’s M-1 Rail.

The 3.3-mile line will stretch from downtown to Grand Boulevard in New Center.

TheĀ rails are expected to be ready for use by the end of 2016.



Steve Neavling

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.

  • Shannon McDonald

    Why does it stop in New Center? No one has been able to answer this. What’s there for riders?

  • shavers313

    If it just gone to 8 mile I would of been satisfied, but this is a start.

    • bebow

      The project gives the impression of being an expensive prop. The length of the line reflects hesitation. The timing isn’t right. Maintaining and safeguarding this thing, not to mention its passengers, will be nightmarish under current conditions.

      • shavers313

        3.3 miles is very short. It’s going to help the area, but having it go to 8 mile could do so much more to Detroit.