John D. Dingell Transit Center

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This article is about the Amtrak train station in Dearborn, Michigan. For the former train station in Chicago, see Dearborn Station.
John D. Dingell Transit Center
Amtrak inter-city rail station
Dearborn-exterior.jpg
The John D. Dingell Transit Center, one week after opening in Dearborn, Michigan
Location 21201 Michigan Avenue
Dearborn, Michigan
 United States
Coordinates 42°18′25″N 83°14′05″W / 42.30694°N 83.23472°W / 42.30694; -83.23472Coordinates: 42°18′25″N 83°14′05″W / 42.30694°N 83.23472°W / 42.30694; -83.23472
Owned by City of Dearborn
Line(s) Michigan Line
Platforms 2 side platforms
Tracks 2
Connections Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation
Construction
Parking Yes; free
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code DER
History
Opened December 9, 2014
Traffic
Passengers (2014) 78,871[1]Decrease 0.4%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Chicago
Wolverine
toward Pontiac, MI

The John D. Dingell Transit Center is a train station in Dearborn, Michigan, United States that is served daily by Amtrak's Wolverine, which runs three times daily between Chicago, Illinois and Pontiac, Michigan, via Detroit, Michigan.

Description[edit]

The station is located at 21201 Michigan Avenue (US Highway 12). The red brick and glass-faced structure includes a two-story waiting hall, which includes an elevated glass-enclosed pedestrian bridge which allows access to the south platform.[2] There is also a small retail space within the station.

History[edit]

Old Amtrak building

The station building opened on October 1, 1979, replacing a temporary structure which opened on July 30, 1978. The station was built on property deeded to the city by the Ford Motor Company. The station cost $348,000, which was split between Amtrak and the state of Michigan.[3]

On 19 August 2011, it was announced that the Federal Railroad Administration had released $28.2 million in funds from the ARRA ecnomic stimulus package for the construction of a new intermodal station to replace the current building; the new facility would serve both intercity and commuter rail and include a connection to the Henry Ford Museum.[4]

The new 16,000-square-foot station was officially opened for service on 10 December, 2014, and consolidates the old station and the Greenfield Village station.[5]

A group called Pockets of Perception, made up of ten students of Dearborn senior high schools created a 18-foot (5.5 m) by 20 feet (6.1 m) mosaic, titled "Transformations," on display in the station's lobby.[6]

Connections[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2014, State of Michigan" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Frezell, Michael. "John D. Dingell Transit Center grand opening ceremony in Dearborn". mi.gov/mdot. Michigan Department of Transportation. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "New Dearborn Station Opens, Serves Detroit's Growing Suburbs". Amtrak NEWS 6 (12): 4. Nov 1979. 
  4. ^ "FRA obligates $28.2 million for new Dearborn train station". Progressive Railroading. 22 Aug 2011. Archived from the original on 23 Aug 2011. Retrieved 24 Aug 2011. 
  5. ^ Lawrence, Eric (10 December 2014). "First train pulls out of new Dearborn Amtrak station". The Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Lawrence, Eric D. "Mosaic sets tone for Dearborn transit center" (Archive). Detroit Free Press. October 25, 2014. Retrieved on August 6, 2015.

External links[edit]

Media related to John D. Dingell Transit Center at Wikimedia Commons