Map: Fantasy Detroit Subway

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This transit fantasy map comes from Mike Weiss who modeled it after the Chicago “L.” Although Detroit had scrapped plans for a subway, the rapid transit planners generally recommended an elevated rail like Chicago’s based on Detroit’s size and dispersed population.

“By using a population density map, I mapped corridors to connect the highest density areas and areas where the lack of density could spur development. Then, using my knowledge of rail transit planning, I planned routes that could operate efficiently end-to-end and where connections between them made the most sense.”

HT @DailyDetroit

2 thoughts on “Map: Fantasy Detroit Subway

  1. This is a good plan. It hits all the city from east to west and north to south with intersecting tracks to transfer to other lines. This would be great if we could pass a mass transit vote!!

  2. Three things:
    1. It should be a monorail or a technology that is as silent as possible. The clack-clacking of an El
    is disturbing to the neighborhoods it runs through.
    2. Many areas of Detroit, such as Brightmoor, the State Fair area, and the City Airport area, are
    abandoned. Here’s hoping that: “if we build it-they will come.”
    3. The New York Subway was built, a generation after IT had El trains, as a result of the April
    1888 Blizzard which Theodore Roosevelt described. OTOH, their subways got flooded by
    Hurricane Sandy. East Harlem developed as a result of the El, West Harlem and the Bronx
    followed the Subway lines (except the 3rd Avenue El, closed in 1973, which ran to the South
    Bronx in the Late 19th Century.)
    4. The Subway lines are continued as Rapid Transit Lines running to Long Island, Westchester,
    Connecticut, and the Northern New Jersey suburbs. White Flight followed, so they did not
    prevent Blight.

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