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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.

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.