Detroit station

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Detroit, MI
Amtrak QLINE Logo.svg
Detroit Amtrak New Center.jpg
The station building in Detroit.
Location11 West Baltimore Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
Coordinates42°22′04″N 83°04′21″W / 42.36778°N 83.07250°W / 42.36778; -83.07250Coordinates: 42°22′04″N 83°04′21″W / 42.36778°N 83.07250°W / 42.36778; -83.07250
Owned byMichigan Department of Transportation
Line(s)GTW Shore Line Subdivision
Platforms1 side platform
ConnectionsThruway Motorcoach
ParkingShort-term only; free
Disabled accessYes
Other information
Station codeDET
OpenedMay 5, 1994
Passengers (2017)62,128[1]Increase 21.8%
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
toward Chicago
Wolverine Royal Oak
toward Pontiac
Preceding station M-1 Rail Following station
Grand Boulevard
transfer at Baltimore Street
Amsterdam Street
Former services
Preceding station BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak Following station
toward Chicago
Lake Cities
Royal Oak
toward Pontiac
Lake Cities

Detroit station, also known as Baltimore Street station, is an intermodal transit station in Detroit, Michigan. It currently serves Amtrak. It also serves as a stop for Greyhound Lines, Detroit Department of Transportation buses, and QLine streetcars. It is located at the southwest corner of Woodward and West Baltimore avenues in the New Center area. Amtrak's Wolverine line serves an elevated platform at the main building, while the QLine serves an adjacent platform on Woodward Avenue.


Amtrak station[edit]

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) bought the 3.1 acre site of the station for $889,000 – which also includes land directly across the tracks – in 1994 from General Motors.[2] The station was built in 1994 as a replacement for the former Michigan Central Station, which closed in 1988. From the closure of that station in 1988 until the new stations opening in 1994, services used a platform on Rose Street close to the old station.[3]

The station consists of a one-story building which includes a waiting room, ticket office, and restrooms. The platform is accessible by a tower at the back of the building, which heads to the level of the elevated GTW Shore Line Subdivision railway.


The streetcar system, now known as QLine, opened for service on May 12, 2017, and service began for the Baltimore Street station the same day.[4] The station is sponsored by Penske.[5] It is heated and features security cameras and emergency phones. Passenger amenities include Wi-Fi and arrival signs.[6]


In the mid-2000s, MDOT began working with local and federal agencies to develop an intermodal transit center one block south of the current station bounded by the Conrail North Yard Branch railway to the north, Woodward to the east, Amsterdam to the south, and Cass to the west. The project was intended to bring together the services of Amtrak, DDOT, SMART, M-1 Rail (later QLine) streetcars, and future proposed services including the Woodward Avenue BRT and Ann Arbor-Detroit regional rail. The first phase was completed in 2010 consisting of clearing the site and building a surface parking lot for the future station.[7] MDOT announced in January 2016 that the department was also seeking to partner with developers to also include mixed-use development at the site.[2]


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  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2017, State of Michigan" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b Pinho, Kirk (19 January 2016). "Developers anticipate MDOT property development request in New Center". Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  3. ^ Amtrak (May 1, 1994). "National Timetable Spring/Summer 1994". Retrieved 2011-11-05.
  4. ^ Fleming, Leonard (March 9, 2017). "QLine to begin offering rides on May 12". Detroit News. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  5. ^ "M-1 Rail Station Stops". M-1 Rail. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  6. ^ Runyan, Robin (December 9, 2016). "Here's what the QLINE stations will look like". Vox Media. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  7. ^ Kavanaugh, Kelli B. "State's phased approach to New Center intermodal station starts with parking lot". Model D. Retrieved 29 December 2014.

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