Continental Rail Gateway

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Ranking for 2014: 99

Industry Sector: Transportation

Specific Sector: Rail

Range: 0 - $500,000,000

Project Value: $400,000,000

Government Funds Involved: The current plan is to raise $200 million from coalition members and $200 million from government sources in each country. The precise financing structure has not been set.

Funding Source: Public-Private

Location: Detroit, Michigan to Windsor, Ontario

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: N/A


This high-clearance replacement rail tunnel will expand the Detroit-Windsor region’s role as an intermodal freight hub. Replacing the century-old rail tunnel is expected to add momentum for other transportation infrastructure improvements on each side of the Detroit River. The project is expected to add momentum for other transportation infrastructure improvements, such as a planned Detroit Intermodal Freight Terminal, a public-private partnership between Class 1 railroads and the State of Michigan.

The Windsor Port Authority is confident all permitting will be completed by mid-2014; following that, the coalition has two and three-year construction plans in mind dependant of the availability of a tunnel boring machine.

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