Behold! The first tangible evidence that the M1 Rail project is real. These construction workers, spotted late last night at the intersection of Woodward and Congress, aren't laying track or installing station platforms. They were, however, working on the streetcar's heavy-duty utility systems, which need to be installed prior to laying track. This intersection will be the location of M1's southernmost stop.
It's not the official, champagne-soaked groundbreaking we were promised would take place over the summer. It now looks like that party won't happen 'til spring, so we're savoring this photo. It isn't pretty, but it is the humble beginnings of Detroit's first streetcar system since 1956.
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