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Another Road To Detroit

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Auother electric line to Ann Arbor has been projected and by some street railway promoters who have had considerable experience in building these lines and know a ood thing wheu they see it. It is not giveu here as a iaet that the line is to be built, for it is yet hardly more thau a project btit it is a project that is beiDg most seriously considered by men whoj have the ability to carry out what they may determine upon. The projected road is 'an air line between Ann Arbor and Detroit. It passes to about half a mile soath of Dixboro where it branches off into a straight line through Cberry hill to Detroit. The plan is to avoid all curves in the road and to get the right of way across the farms'rather than along the high■vays, thus enabling the company to make much quicker time 'with less liability of accidents than over the present line. Said one of the chief promotors of the project : ' ' My idea is that Ann Arbor is destined to become au electric road center. If the other lines which havo been projected come into Arm Arbor there is no doubt whatever but that we will put in this air liue to Detroit, g That is the maiu thing that is holding us back, to know what feeders for business we will have at Ann Arbor. Ifthe road is put in, curves ia the road which have caused so many ot the accidenta or derailing of cars on the Detroit. Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor liue will be avoided. A straight line will be built and a flyer put on between Ann Arbor and Detroit, the only stops ia Washtenawbeiug at Dixboro and Cherry Hill. The present line wonld be unable to compete with this on account of their curves. Tbey could not raake the time and could not run with the safety. ' ' The projected line passes throngh the fertile township of Superior, a township which is without a railroad. Passing as it would over its own right of way, there would be no question of its right to run cars for carrying milk and produce to Detroit. Alaking a bee line as it conld after leaviug a point a little south of Dixboro and thus -avoiding all curves, it would soon strike a perfectly level country over which high speed for passenger cars could be safely made. So f ar as the Argus has been [able to learn there is as yet no Ann Arbor man on the inside of this project or who has been in any way consulted about it. The men who are very seriously considering it are practical electric railway men, who see a chance to build a good paying road. A meeting of these men will be held in a few days ■vhen sometbiug more definite may be larned. The project certainly appears to one as a fw.sible one , which if carried out would bring Aun Arbor iuto much closer relations with Detroit than hitherto aüd it would also bring us much closer to the people of Superior, the uiajority of whom are now doing their trading in Ypsilanri.