A feasibility study by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy identified the corridor as an priority for trail development in 2002. All four of the segments shown on this map were developed as Phase 1 of the Dequindre Cut Greenway.
The Dequindre Cut is a 1.2 mile rail-trail that connects the Detroit waterfront to several residential and commercial areas. This project converted an abandoned, derelict railroad corridor into a greenway, preserving the right-of-way for transportation use and creating a valuable amenity for the city and for travelers. A $2 million federal TE award in 2004 leveraged a local match of over half a million dollars to construct the first segment of the trail. The full right-of-way is over four miles long, and an extension to the first segment is already under construction.