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M-1 RAIL construction ready to go and it’s looking for companies big and small to help


After years in the works, it is finally happening, The Motor City is getting a new type of transportation … the M-1 RAIL. Building that long-awaited system could mean lots of jobs for lots of people … and not just at the big companies.

So to find those companies there will be a contractor open house from 1-4 pm on Thursday Jan. 30, at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. This will be a chance for those interested to gain more information and a better understanding on the M-1 RAIL project. The open house will be hosted by The Detroit Black Chamber of Commerce in partnership with M-1 RAIL and Stacy and Witbeck, the construction manager of the M-1 RAIL project.

m1rail-top-detroit-650x400“The Detroit Black Chamber of Commerce continues to advocate for inclusion of Black Businesses in Detroit’s new development projects,” said Tony Stovall, president of Detroit Black Chamber of Commerce. “We look forward to working with the M-1 RAIL Project for a New Detroit for all Detroiters.”

Construction Manger Stacy Witbeck was hired back in August. Since then it has spent much of its time trying to attract the local contractor community and raising interest in the project.  It has:

  • Hosted three pre-bid meetings for local subcontractors
  • Joined four local business and construction associations
  • Participated in more than 20 one-on-one meetings with subcontractors and suppliers and attended more than 10 industry association meetings.

“Our outreach provided us with a solid understanding of the local contractor landscape, the information we gathered helped us develop the bid packages in a unique way,” said Tom Gilman, project manager, Stacy and Witbeck. “Instead of developing several large bid packages that can only be fulfilled by large contractors and suppliers, we separated out some of the packages so that small and medium companies will be able to compete with the large firms.”

Stacy and Witbeck launched a dedicated solicitation websitewhere firms interested in working on the unprecedented streetcar project can review the 30 different bid packages that are currently available.  Approximately another 15 bid packages will be posted to the site in the coming days.

untitled“The release of the bid packages is another important step forward for this project,” said M-1 RAIL Chief Operating Officer Paul Childs.  “Our construction manager has indicated the streetcar project has generated significant interest from the local contractor and supplier community, so they’re expecting to receive a very strong response to their requests for proposal.”

Among the packages offered on the solicitation website (as well as the RFP page at are:

  • Asphalt paving and milling
  • Temporary asphalt paving
  • Concrete milling
  • Existing brick pavers – salvage
  • Salvaged pavers – installation
  • Permanent pavement markings
  • Temporary pavement markings
  • Permanent signage
  • Traffic signals
  • Concrete curb and sidewalk
  • Concrete roadway
  • Retaining wall
  • Landscaping
  • Sewer work
  • Granite curb – salvage and installation
  • Streetscape amenities
  • Woodward Avenue over I-75 Avenue (S25) structure replacement
  • Woodward Avenue over I-94 (S03) structure replacement
  • Water main modifications
  • Construction services
  • Construction suppliers

Additional Information  

SWI solicitation website: (

Construction is scheduled to be complete in 2016.

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