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Title: Community groups presents alternative to Detroit Inter
Southwest Detroit Residents To Speak Thursday

The Detroit City Council at 10 a.m. Thursday, November 1, 2001 will hear from residents opposed to the proposed Detroit Intermodal Freight Terminal (DIFT).  Alternatives to the plan proposed by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be unveiled at that time.

MDOT is conducting a feasibility study for the DIFT project, in which it proposes to consolidate all of metro Detroit's truck and rail freight terminals into one "mega" complex that would stretch across a 7-mile span from southeast Dearborn through southwest Detroit. MDOT estimates that by 2025 truck traffic to the rail yards will increase to 16,000 trips through the neighborhood each day, eight times its current level.

Communities for a Better Rail Alternative (CBRA), representing more than 500 residents and 40 community organizations, will urge the City Council Thursday to "Ditch the Dift" and support alternative plans developed by CBRA in consultation with design experts.

The council meeting will be held on the 13th Floor of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Building in Detroit.

Brad van Guilder, Ph. D.
Ecology Center
117 N. Division
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1580
(734) 663-2400 ext. 114
(734) 663-2414 (fax)

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