Exclusive: Music Video Describes Detroit Light Rail Choices, Urges Public Comment This Week

In the course of the Woodward Avenue Light Rail environmental review process, it’s become clear that citizens of the Detroit region need more interpretation of the different transit alternatives at hand to make an informed choice, per their democratic prerogatives. The informational materials provided by the City and consultants didn’t always state things in layman’s terms, and even TransportMichigan’s forthcoming posts on the subject aren’t much more likely to be read by a mass audience than the 149-page Draft Environmental Impact Statement. How, then, to spread the word about the significant safety, speed, reliability, and equity implications of a little-mentioned detail of light rail line design?

A music video seemed like a good bet. As art, it can’t match its local musical or cinematographic inspirations, and it’s twice the length of that recent commercial, but as advocacy in the public interest, we hope it has some usefulness. Like Transportation Riders United, we support the center-running light rail alternative, Mainline Option A. We hope you’ll join us in submitting comments to that effect to woodwardlightrail@detroitmi.gov. They’re due March 14, one week from today.