City of Dearborn


John D. Dingell Transit Center

Dearborn, Michigan

16,640 sf station, 1,546 m2, 7 acres, 2.8 hectares

Architecture, Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Master Planning, Urban Planning and Design

Sustainable Programs
LEED for New Construction & Major Renovations (NC) LEED-NC-Silver

President's Award

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“The urban design and environmental expertise and overall management of the project provided our working group with confidence . . . that we had the best possible team helping us through this project.”

—Barry Murray, Dir., Econ. & Comm. Dev.


Location is everything, especially when you're connecting regional and local transit to a community's rider base. For this major rail station, SmithGroupJJR conducted a site assessment that resulted in its location near The Henry Ford—Michigan's top tourist spot. This confluence of cultural and commercial traffic became the strategic core of a dynamic transit-oriented development (TOD) plan for Dearborn.

In addition to providing an efficient intermodal hub, plan benefits include increased residential density and broader economic development. The station serves Amtrak, regional commuter trains and the Midwest High Speed Rail Initiative, with connections to buses, shuttles, car service and non-motorized greenways.

The project underscores SmithGroupJJR's ability to offer a big-picture, guiding vision and then deliver on execution through consensus-building among public and private stakeholders. SmithGroupJJR held community workshops, met with leaders of the Ann Arbor-to-Detroit commuter rail initiative, and focused on economic revitalization to help galvanize support. The firm is currently completing final site design and urban design for the project.