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History, Future Converge at Dearborn Train Station Groundbreaking Ceremony

City and state leaders gathered at Greenfield Village Tuesday to celebrate the start of construction of Dearborn's new Intermodal Passenger Rail Station.

There was some looking ahead, and much more looking forward at the groundbreaking ceremony for Dearborn's Intermodal Passenger Rail Station, held Tuesday on the grounds of .

Though the actual breaking of ground already began in March with utility work, construction starts this month on , which is expected to be completed by the fall of 2013.

Dearborn Mayor Jack O'Reilly hailed the new train station as a continuation of the city's commitment to innovative transportation initiatives.

"Dearborn has hosted a train station from the beginning," he said. "This is the next generation of that."

Fittingly, The Henry Ford hosted the groundbreaking, marking their partnership with the train station, which will include a walkway directly into their facilities.

"This moment is a true link between the past with The Henry Ford," Sen. Carl Levin said. "But also there's a great deal of future–what the future is going to bring."

And that future, according to head of the Federal Railway Administration Joseph Szabo, will include 110 mile-per-hour trains in the Chicago corridor within the next five years.

"This intermodal facility will be your gateway to that," Szabo said.

For Dearborn, the facility holds tremendous possibilities not only for travel, but tourism.

"This day is a tremendous tribute to all that's gone into this project," said Economic and Community Development Director Barry Murray.

Mayor O'Reilly added, "We see a vision of the future where people are going to come and spend a weekend here or longer ... from all over the Midwest."

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Dearborn Taxpayer April 11, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Any idea why this was a politician and media event only? I guess for a skimpy $28 million, taxpayers can be left to watch from behind the gates. I sure hope these folks will be as successful at bringing home some federal bacon/pork as grants to the ArtSpace folks to buy Dearborn's City Hall.
City of Dearborn (Editor) April 11, 2012 at 06:23 PM
I can speak to the fact that the location was pretty small to invite public, and in Greenfield Village, which is not yet open to the public. I believe the reason they held it there, along with the visual factor, was due to safety issues at the construction site - which is basically just piles of dirt right now. I'll definitely share on Patch if and when I hear about public tours of the facility, and I hope to get an inside look during the construction process that I will also share here via video.
Dearborn Taxpayer April 11, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Pretty small? If you've ever been to this location in GV when Thomas is there, you'd know that this location can handle lots of folks and with the Village not yet open to the public, there would have been no impact on paying members to open this "event" to the public. The real reason I surmise to close this "event" to the public is that these politicians, many of who will be on the ballot in the next year or so, wanted a great controlled photo opp. with the media to further their own agendas...
harmony September 18, 2012 at 10:21 PM
You are right on the $$$$, :'), Dearborn taxpayer.
t morton December 13, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Where would it be,where would it go, and price???

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