Track Access

Track Access Permission Application Process

As of November 1, 2016, any construction project or activity that submits plans to the City of Detroit or Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) for work within the right-of-way along Woodward Avenue will be required to meet with M-1 RAIL to determine if a TAP is required. If so, the construction firm or special event organizer must submit an application at least 10 days before proposed work/impact is scheduled to commence. There is currently no processing fee for this permit. M-1 RAIL also requires all contractors and their employees who will be working under the permit to participate in a safety workshop.

If your project requires access to Woodward Avenue within 50 feet of M-1 RAIL infrastructure, you must obtain the new Track Access Permission Application (TAP)

Classes are typically every Wednesday and Friday between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. at the Penske Tech Center. As of March 18, 2020, track access permit classes are temporarily suspended due to Covid-19. Please call 313-398-2469 for more info.

Penske Tech Center
7520 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202

Attendees must RSVP for the safety training, as they are only held when groups and/or individuals RSVP.

TAPs define a work zone or activity where the streetcar will be required to operate at a reduced speed. The work crew must have a designated “flagger” – a person who sounds a whistle or a horn to make sure everybody on the crew is aware a train is coming. Construction crews whose work requires a de-energizing of the OCS system will be required to perform work outside of normal streetcar operating hours, unless there is an emergency.

All TAPs must be submitted with the following items:

  • Detailed work plan
  • Description of all equipment (if any) that will be utilized in performing the work
  • Diagram of the work site-near or around M-1 RAIL tracks, OCS, Substation or Manholes between or within 50 feet if the tracks
  • A certificate of insurance shall be submitted before the start of the work (evidence if adequate insurance, indemnify M-1 RAIL, M-2 RAIL, Transdev Services Inc., the City of Detroit, the State of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Transportation, and the Michigan State Transportation Commission, and their respective current and past appointed officials, directors, officers, employees, agents and consultants from and against any claims, causes of action or expenses, including attorneys; fees, for personal injury (including death) and property damage resulting from the construction and related activities authorized by the Track Access Permission Application.

Please contact:M-1 RAIL 7520 Woodward Ave., Detroit MI, 48202 Phone/Fax (313) 398-2469