Troy City Council Defeats Rail Project

TROY (WWJ) – Troy City Council has defeated a proposal on developing a multi-million dollar public transit center, which had been discussed in the city for more than a decade.

The vote against the proposal was 4-3.

The facility would have tied together train, bus, and taxi services for the city.

Opponents argued the program was one that the city of Troy did not need and could not afford.

Troy City Council member Doug Tietz is among those voting no.

“Unfortunately there’s no plan or idea how to fund it going forward. It’s essentially like getting a Porsche free at The Price Is Right,” Tietz told WWJ Newsradio 950 earlier Monday.

“Sure, it’s a free Porche, but you have to pay the insurance, taxes, license, parts and repairs going forward,” he said. “And that’s the fundamental problem with the transit center.  It’s nice to have, but we can’t afford it.”

Tietz said service demand doesn’t justify the project.



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