Dearborn getting new train station along Michigan Avenue

Dearborn Intermodal Passenger Rail Station project seen as tourism booster

Published On: Apr 10 2012 06:13:16 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 10 2012 07:06:12 PM EDT
DEARBORN, Mich. -

Construction will soon begin in Dearborn on what will be called the Dearborn Intermodal Passenger Rail Station.

The station will be built along Michigan Avenue west of the Southfield Freeway with $28 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Dearborn Mayor Jack O'Reilly said the new station will build on a long rail travel tradition in his city.

"We've always had a train station here and we've provided passenger service and this is the next generation of that,"  O'Reilly said.

 The station will support planned high-speed rail service between Detroit and Chicago.

The new station will also provide a new entrance to the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.

Patricia Mooradian, president of the Henry Ford, said this will benefit the facility's many visitors.

"We have over 1.5 million visitors who come to us annually now so this gives people other transportation opportunities," Mooradian said.

The new station will offer wi-fi, bicycle racks and feature geothermal heating and cooling.