On November 6, 2014, stakeholders gathered to celebrate the substantial completion of the Northland Transit Terminal, which received nearly $750K in new concrete surface for bus traffic, shelters, trash cans, landscaping and benches. The ceremony – which coincided with the re-opening of Greenfield Road – marked a major milestone in the completion of a project conceived back in 1999 to renovate bus stops and transit terminals along Eight Mile Road.
The project, a $3.4M federal grant, was the product of collaboration between 8MBA, DDOT, SMART, the City of Detroit and the City of Southfield. This collaboration arose out of the need to improve the conditions of transit on the corridor with new signage, shelters, trash cans and more. Through a host of challenges, leadership changes and other complications, the project coalition pushed forward to get the job done.
As a result, by the end of 2014 the Northland Transit Terminal and all 172 bus stops along Eight Mile Road will be serviced with new route signage and site-specific amenities such as trash cans. The work will also spawn future collaboration to improve all bus shelters along the corridor.