Open House Dec. 15 at New Dearborn Train Station

The public is invited to a free open house at Dearborn’s new train station, the John D. Dingell Transit Center, from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15.

The public is invited to a free open house at Dearborn’s new train station, the John D. Dingell Transit Center, from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15.

The public is invited to a free open house at Dearborn’s new train station, the John D. Dingell Transit Center, from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15

The new transit center is at 21201 Michigan Ave., near Brady Street, at the entrance to the west downtown business district.

At the Dec. 15 open house, residents can tour the station, see informative displays and talk with people knowledgeable about the future of train travel.  A mural created by Dearborn students will also be featured.

In addition, people attending the open house can enter a free drawing to win tickets to The Henry Ford’s popular Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village.

The new station will open for business a few days before the open house.

Amtrak trains will begin stopping at the 21201 Michigan Ave. site on Wednesday, Dec. 10. Amtrak is moving its operations from the current train station behind the Dearborn Police Station.

The new 16,000-square-foot Dingell Transit Center promotes intermodal transportation, connecting travelers via train, bus, taxi and pedestrian and bike paths to work, education, cultural attractions, shopping and recreation in Dearborn and beyond.

The station is an important component in initiatives to boost commuter rail from Ann Arbor to Detroit and accelerated speed rail from Pontiac to Chicago.

Six Amtrak trains will continue to stop daily at Dingell Transit Center, with increased Amtrak service and the addition of commuter rail expected in the coming years. In fiscal year 2014, almost 79,000 passengers used the existing Dearborn Amtrak station.

“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 Mayor John. B. O’Reilly, Jr.  “We’re anticipating bringing more customers to our Dearborn businesses and more visitors to our cultural and entertainment venues. 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 new transit center was funded entirely with $28.2 million from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The City of Dearborn owns the station and the 7-acre site, and Amtrak will run the facility.

The Henry Ford has historic displays inside the center, including an iconic Davenport train engine.

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.

Ford Motor Company will plans on having a new F-150 on display at the transit center.

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

Inside the building is also a large tile mural created by students and volunteers in the Pockets of Perception (POP) art project. The initiative, led by the Dearborn Community Fund, brings together high school students from across Dearborn to create community art.  For the station, students designed the mural and enlisted volunteers to help create some of the tiles.  A POP representative will be on hand during the open house to share more information about the project.

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