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Detroit really needs a new light rail system. The people mover is cool and all, but it doesn't go anywhere. there is a meeting with Michigan tansportation for a new light rail system. The people mover should be extended out to the suburbs and into downtown neighboorhoods.

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Jacksonville, FL has the same "Peoplemover" system which looks great and works

great if you can make use of it. The problem, like Detroit is that it goes nowhere.

There are plans in the works to expand it, however, a light rail system will be

more applicable to moving people around Jacksonville. To link some sort of light

rail to the "Peoplemover" system should prove bery beneficial to both cities.

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City, regional, and state, and national authorites need to work with each to first maintain the amtrak lines that link Pontiac with Detroit and Detroit, Dearborn and Ann Arbor with Chicago and the rest of the country. The area around the amtrak station in Detroit is currently lacking of any stimulus. If and when a light rail line is implememnted for greater Detroit, it should link directly with the Amtrak station and also act as a connector to the Detroit People Mover station at Grand Circus. I am hesitant to take the Amtrak into Detroit now because there is nothing but derelict properties surrounding the station. Transportation infrastrucutre must be the catlalyst for new development around Woodward between downtown and eight mile. The station facilities must be friendly to users with digital displays of incoming trains, legible system maps, and warm seating areas. At the moment Detroit has no transit hub, but if we want to revive the economy and culture of Detroit, then we must call for a major, regional hub to be located within proximity to the current Amtrak station and the north end of DPM. Furthermore, we should call for the opening of the subway tunnels built below Woodward and the subterranean pedestrian mall below Campus Martisu that supposedly would have linked the proposed Michigan Ave, Woodward, and Gratiot subway lines of the 1920-40?s. This way, in addition to a connection at Grand Circus, the new light rail could have an express line travel underground with its terminal below Campus Martius. We need massive infrastrucutre construction to provide jobs and new spaces of development.

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