Detroit has an incredible precedent for transportation options beyond
the automobile. In fact, Detroit was home to the largest municipally-owned
streetcar system in the country during the 1920's. Transit built the
backbone of the city and allowed Detroit to grow in a way it has not been
able to since.
From horse-drawn streetcars on Jefferson to the quiet and efficient
Interurbans that whisked passengers from downtown Detroit to Flint or
Mt. Clemens to the comprehensive web of streetcar and coach lines that
criss-crossed the city. Detroit invested in and evolved a system to be
proud of. Looking forward, the region can again look to transit as an
economic engine to rebuild and renew its heart, Detroit.