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Woodward Light Rail Transit Project. NAMC Detroit Transporation Symposium September 15, 2011. Agenda. Welcome & Introductions Downtown & Mainline Alignment Environmental Impact Statement Decision Making Factors DBE and Contracting Opportunities Next Steps. Presentation Team.

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Woodward Light Rail Transit Project

NAMC Detroit Transporation Symposium

September 15, 2011

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  • Welcome & Introductions

  • Downtown & Mainline Alignment

  • Environmental Impact Statement

  • Decision Making Factors

  • DBE and Contracting Opportunities

  • Next Steps

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Presentation Team

Kamau C. Marable, M.A.

Manager Public Involvement

Woodward Light Rail Transit

Tim Roseboom

Manager Strategic Planning


Mark Ryan

Project Manager


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  • 19 Stations

  • 9.3 Miles

  • Mainly Median

  • Park & Ride

  • Maint. Facility

  • Downtown

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Light Rail Vehicle Example

Two-Car Consist

Hiawatha LRT

Minneapolis, MN

Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) – Twin Cities

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Vehicle Features

Bike Racks on Trains

Level Boarding for ADA Access

Modern LRV Features

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Typical Platform / Station

Hiawatha LRT, Minneapolis, MN

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Congress and Larned Street – Current Concept

Congress St.

Shelby St.

Griswold St.

Larned St.







Station Location

Current Concept

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McNichols Rd.

Geneva St.

McNichols Road Station – Current Concept



Florence St.



Louise St.

Stevens St.

Current Concept

Alternate Concept A

Station Location

Issues: - Reconfigure With Two End-to-End Platforms

- Secondary Access at South End

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Record of Decision

  • Issued August 31 by FTA

  • Allows Federal funds to be used

  • Clears project to receive over $300 million in New Starts Federal grant

  • Binding commitments for project

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Environmental Impact Statement

MDOT/FHWA Workshops: Guiding Principles

  • 11’ Travel Lanes, Except Where Necessary

    • e.g. Overpass

  • Maintain Vehicular Corridor Capacity

    • Two Through Lanes each Direction

  • Limit Moving Curb

  • 15’ Sidewalk Margin Where Possible

    • Station Locations Impact Sidewalk

  • 8’ Parking Adjacent to Train is too Narrow

    • Minimum of 10’

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Key Decision Making Factors

Maintain On Street Parking

Design Service to Ridership Projection

Provide Safe Pedestrian Environment

Design and Build using Existing Bridges

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Project Time-Line

  • Enter Preliminary Engineering (PE): Nov 2011

  • Issue Vehicle RFP: January 2012

  • Early Construction Activities: September 2012

  • Enter Final Design: August 2013

  • Mainline Construction: May 2013 to April 2015

  • Delivery of Vehicles: May 2015

  • Final Testing: July 2015

  • Revenue Service: September 2015

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Creating Jobs in Detroit & Surrounding Areas

Carla BrownDBE/Workforce Specialist

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A Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) is a business that functions with a minimum of 51% of the ownership and daily operation, management and overall control is held by minority groups or persons determined by the Small Business Administration to be economically and socially disadvantaged. Citizens presumed to be disadvantaged are: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian-Pacific Americans, Native Americans, and women.

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Bid Opportunities

WLRT’s Office of Public Involvement provides information (bid opportunity listing) on upcoming contracts and information on prime contractor/consultants with whom potential subcontracts and/or joint venture arrangements can be made. Given the economic climate in the Metropolitan Detroit Area, the proposed DBE participation is 30%.