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
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
Parking Yes; free
Disabled access Yes
Other information
Station code DER
Opened December 9, 2014
Passengers (2015) 76,537[1]Decrease 3%
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
toward Chicago
toward Pontiac, MI

The John D. Dingell Transit Center is an intermodal transit station in Dearborn, Michigan. It is served by Amtrak's Wolverine line as well as SMART buses.


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.


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 economic 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 new entrance to The Henry Ford museum complex adjacent to it.[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]



  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2015, State of Michigan" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Frezell, Michael. "John D. Dingell Transit Center grand opening ceremony in Dearborn". 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.
  7. ^ "Route Map for Route 140 and Route 250". SMART. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 

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