Michigan Department of Transportation

Project Name

Ann Arbor-Detroit Regional Rail Project


Ann Arbor, MI

Project Description

Quandel served as General Engineering Consultant to Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) for the Ann Arbor-Detroit Regional Rail Project, a planned 38-mile commuter rail operation.  Specific tasks undertaken by Quandel for this project included:

  • Conceptual design for two new passenger rail stations
  • Conceptual design for two rail layover facilities
  • Conceptual design for a maintenance facility
  • Development of a corridor-wide signage program including final plans and specifications
  • Served as advisor to MDOT for the rehabilitation of stainless steel bi-level coaches.

The design services provided for the stations included several build alternatives for two proposed station sites involving station buildings, platforms, parking lot, drainage, lighting and preliminary roadway design.  Quandel assisted MDOT and SEMCOG with reviewing design plans, specifications and cost estimates for civil, structural and track elements to ensure compliance with the needs of the commuter rail system and respective agreements with each railroad.