Woodward Light Rail DEIS public hearings will be held on Saturday, February 12, 2011.

       Location – Main Public Library at 5201 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI
Friend’s Auditorium – Lower Level
Times – 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (with a formal presentation at 11:30 a.m.)
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (with a formal presentation at 4:30 p.m.)

The public comment period starts January 28, 2011 and goes through March 14, 2011.  To make comments, send an email to woodwardlightrail@detroitmi.gov.  Written comments may be sent to: Ms. Tricia M. Harr, AICP; U.S. Department of Transportation; Federal Transit Administration Headquarters; 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE; East Building – E43-105; Washington, D.C., 20590.

DEIS Notice of Availability


Please click the following link to access Draft Environmental Impact Statement documents.

Draft Environmental Impact Statement Documents
Federal Officials Support Mayor Bing’s Vision of Light Rail in Detroit

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U.S. Department of Transportation  Secretary Ray LaHood announced during a press conference Aug. 2 at the DIA that the entire 9.3 mile proposal will undergo an Environmental Impact Study to comply with the requirements of NEPA.

Mayor Dave Bing and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced August 2 that the federal government supports the Mayor’s vision of creating a light rail system in Detroit.

Visiting the site of the proposed Woodward Avenue Corridor line, LaHood announced during a press conference that the entire 9.3 mile proposed project will undergo an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to comply with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act.

The expression of support coincided with the publication in the Federal Register of a Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for a light rail line extending from downtown to Eight Mile Road.  The City of Detroit will be the local project sponsor.

Earlier this year, Secretary LaHood awarded a $25 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to help realize the goal of creating the Woodward Corridor light rail line.



US DOT Secretary Ray LaHood: “The City of Detroit is on the Move!”



National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Reports

The City has proposed the use of the impact assessment methods outlined in the following technical reports for the environmental review of the proposed project.  The Federal Transit Administration, the lead federal agency in the environmental review, seeks comment on the proposed methods by agencies and organizations with an interest.  Comments may be emailed to: woodwardlightrail@detroitMI.gov.

These reports are available for viewing at DDOT’s offices, which are located at 1301 E. Warren in Detroit, during normal city business hours. Ask for Teulaina Richardson at the front desk for access to print copies of each technical report; she can be reached at 313-833-5682 or teuric@detroitmi.gov.

Technical Reports:

  • Traffic and Parking Technical Report
  • Noise Technical Report
  • Socioeconomic Technical Memo
  • Historic and Archaeological Technical Memo

Public Involvement Reports:

  •  Final Public Involvement Plan



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