Train station to be named after Dingell

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File photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn
U.S. Rep. John Dingell (fifth from left) applauds at the ceremonial groundbreaking for Dearborn’s Intermodal Passenger Rail station in 2012, along with other dignitaries at The Henry Ford. The train station will be named after Dingell, the longest serving member of Congress in the history of the Untied States.

By BOB OLIVER
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN – The will name the new intermodal train station after record-setting local U.S. Rep. John D. Dingell Jr. The decision was announced by Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. at the July 23 city council meeting.

“He has represented Dearborn since 1964,” O’Reilly said. “That’s longer than any other city in his historic career.”

Dingell became the longest-serving member of Congress on June 7, when he passed the mark set by Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W. Va.) of 57 years, five months and 25 days. Dingell was already the longest-serving member of the House, a feat he attained in February 2009.

O’Reilly told the council that naming the station after Dingell was a fitting tribute both for his efforts on behalf of the city in Congress and also because he was “immensely helpful” in getting the train station built.

“He has been there over and over again for us and I think that the train station is a great opportunity to thank him,” O’Reilly said. “I can’t think of a better way to acknowledge him.”

The station, scheduled to open early next year, is being funded with $28.2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

It has been the focus of plans for transit-oriented development, which use transportation hubs as launching point to re-invent existing areas, drive economic activity and create a unique sense of place.

One way the planners want to accomplish that is by creating an intermodal station that “will allow passengers to connect with rental cars, taxis, buses and shuttles, as well as bike and pedestrian paths, as they travel to jobs, shops, schools and visitor attractions in Dearborn.”

They believe this will help local residents and tourists connect with the city.

“Congressman Dingell is all about connecting with people so it is appropriate that this train station to be named after him will encourage more people to connect with Dearborn,” O’Reilly said.

(Bob Oliver can be reached at boliver@bewickpublications.com.)

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