Transit in the Motor City – A New Streetcar for Detroit


At a Glance

  • Client(s)
  • M2 Rail
  • Project Location(s)
  • Detroit
LTK-designed railcarHelping to make connections in Detroit. 

The City of Detroit is experiencing a renaissance in its downtown business district along the Woodward Avenue corridor. M-2 Rail, a not-for-profit entity, is working with the City of Detroit and others to develop a streetcar system that will connect the downtown area and the contiguous neighborhoods along a 3.3-mile, 20-station stretch.

LTK prepared the streetcar specification to address M-2’s requirements. LTK and M-2 Rail met with a number of carbuilders and LTK assisted M-2 in the evaluation and selection process of streetcar proposals. LTK also performed system and vehicle level design reviews, manufacturing, design and production testing and inspection, and acceptance testing.

Detroit ultimately procured six, high-floor/low-floor streetcars from Brookville Equipment Corporation. The streetcars will be similar to those procured by Dallas, with the exception that the Detroit car will be wider.   They will have the same off-wire capabilities – only the second off-wire streetcar in the country to do this (Dallas was first). LTK will monitor the manufacturing effort and will witness acceptance testing on the streets of Detroit.

LTK Capabilities Used on This Project