Map: Growth and Decline of Detroit’s Rail Transportation Systems 1807 – 2013


Two words not usually used together are “Detroit” and “rail transit.” The city that put the world on wheels has been known for its car culture and production for the better part of the last 100 years – for better or worse. Although Detroit has earned its car reputation, at one point the Motor City was a leader in public transit having the country’s most expansive rail system by the early 1930’s. As the city and the metro region negotiate what role rail will have in Detroit’s future let’s take a look at the rise and decline of passenger rail public transit in the Motor City.

All diagrams researched and made by Marques King for Fabric[K] Design


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