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Dearborn Amtrak Station Going to Cats and Dogs

November 8, 2016

The former Amtrak station in Dearborn, Michigan, is being converted into an animal shelter.

Amtrak 4The pet welfare group Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit expects to begin operations there next summer.

It will replace another shelter the group has used for more than 30 years.

Amtrak used the station until December 2014 when the Chicago-Detroit (Pontiac) Wolverine Service trains began stopping at the new John D. Dingell Transit Center.

Officials said renovation of the Amtrak into an animal shelter will be done in two steps and cost $5.7 million.

The first stage will involve 10,000 square feet of space, including dog and cat housing, expanded adoption services and a storage area.

The second stage will add 6,000 square feet of space for animal intake and evaluation, medical facilities and administrative space.

The group said it has railed $4.7 million of the money needed to transform the station.

Streets Near Dearborn Amtrak Station to Close for Crossing,Track Work on Wolverine Route

July 7, 2015

Work on upgrading the tracks used by Amtrak through Dearborn, Michigan, will result in some streets in the Detroit suburb being closed.

The work to upgrade the route for higher-speed rail service will not close the John D. Dingell Transit Center, where six Amtrak Wolverine Service trains stop daily.

Workers will be doing track work and making grade crossing improvements.

Michael Frezell, communications manager for the Michigan Department of Transportation, said the work will begin July 20 and be finished by mid-November. Not all streets will be closed at the same time.

Each detour has been approved by local agencies, road authorities and emergency responders.

Frezell said MDOT is doing what it can to minimize the inconvenience for those driving in the area.

“Once these projects are complete it will be benefit for motorists as there will be smoother grade crossings complete with new concrete panels. It also will be a benefit for Amtrak passengers as trains will be able to go through this area faster and more efficiently,” Frezell said.

Nearly 79,000 Amtrak passengers used the Dearborn Amtrak station last year, making it the busiest in metro Detroit.

Large Crowd Tours New Dearborn Station

December 17, 2014

A crowd estimated at more than 300 toured the John D. Dingell Transit Center in Dearborn, Mich., on Monday.

The facility, which opened recently, serves as a suburban Detroit station for Amtrak’s six Chicago-Detroit (Pontiac) Wolverine Service trains.

The station is two miles from the previous Amtrak station. The intermodal center, built at a cost for $28.2 million, also serves local transit buses.

Speaking at the ceremony was U.S. Rep.-elect Debbie Dingell, whose ailing husband was first elected to Congress in 1955 and won 29 terms before retiring this year.

The Dingell Center is located across from the Henry Ford Museum and is linked to the museum grounds by a walkway.

A Comfort Inn is located within walking distance east of the center and a Tim Horton’s franchise will soon open on station land along the street. The restaurant’s lease payments will help cover center’s maintenance expenses and contribute to a capital fund.

New Station Set to Open in Dearborn, Mich.

December 7, 2014

A new intermodal center in Dearborn, Mich., will see its first Amtrak train on Wednesday.

The station, located at 21201 Michigan Ave., is served by six daily Wolverine Service trains between Chicago and Detroit (Pontiac)

Amtrak is moving from a station located behind the Dearborn Police Station to the new 16,000-square-foot Dingell Transit Center. Aside from serving Amtrak, the center also will serve bus, taxi and pedestrian and bike paths.

City officials are describing the station as an important component in efforts to create commuter rail service between Ann Arbor and Detroit.

Almost 80,000 passengers used the current Amtrak station during the 2014 fiscal year and Dearborn is the most popular Amtrak location in the Detroit metropolitan area, according to Marc Magliari, spokesman for Amtrak.

“Dearborn is excited to be part of the future of rail. We will continue to work with our partners to increase convenient travel that starts in Dearborn and takes riders throughout southeast Michigan, as well as between Dearborn and Chicago,” said Dearborn Mayor Jack O’Reilly.

“We’re anticipating bringing more customers to our Dearborn businesses and more visitors to our cultural and entertainment venues,” O’Reilly said. “And in the near future, people are going to find it very easy to get on a train in Dearborn and connect with the new M1-Rail in Detroit for an evening out or to go to a game.”

The transit center was funded with $28.2 million from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The city of Dearborn owns the station and the seven-acre site while Amtrak will run the facility.

An open house will be conducted at the facility on Dec. 15 between 4-6 p.m.

The transit center also features a pedestrian bridge over the tracks that will allow travelers to access a new entrance to The Henry Ford complex, including the Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, the IMAX Theater, and Ford Rouge Factory Tours. About 1.6 million people a year visit The Henry Ford.

The transit center has received a silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design. The building features a metal roof with solar collectors, energy efficient lighting and geothermal heating and cooling.