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Detroit streetcar developer adds Fisher, Brown to staff


M-1 RAIL, which is developing a new streetcar system in Detroit, recently hired Timothy Fischer as chief administrative officer and Nicole Brown, as community relations manager.

Both have begun their duties with the organization, which is preparing to start track construction on the Woodward Avenue Streetcar.

As CAO, Fischer's responsibilities are to coordinate with the multiple transit agencies on policy issues; assist in strategy development for fundraising and financial activities; and support donor relations. Previously, he served as deputy policy director at F the Michigan Environmental Council.

Brown is responsible for managing the project's resident, business and visitor engagement efforts. Most recently, she was the communications and partnerships manager for Excellent Schools Detroit.

Fischer and Brown "each possess a special set of skills that will boost the organization’s expertise in public policy and community outreach while expanding the team’s bandwidth as we continue to advance this important Detroit transportation initiative," said M-1 RAIL President and Chief Executive Officer Matthew Cullen in a press release.

To learn more about Detroit's and other cities' streetcar projects, read an article that appears in this month's Progressive Railroading.