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Snyder, LaHood To Announce $25M For Woodward Light Rail

DETROIT (WWJ) – Officials later this week are expected to make an announcement about a trainload of federal money heading to Detroit for the Woodward Light Rail project.

WWJ’s Ron Dewey reports Gov. Rick Snyder and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood are set to discuss the $25 million grant at Wayne State University on Friday.

While touring the North American International Auto Show on Monday, LaHood told reporters that the M-1 light rail streetcar group did everything he asked them — especially gaining state legislative approval for a regional transportation authority, breaking a decades long impasse between Detroit and Lansing for a viable public transit system.

LaHood said supporters of the light rail project will see their dreams realized — a 3.3 mile long light rail system along Woodward between the city’s downtown and midtown sectors. It is expected to have 11 stops and six streetcars, with daily operation hours from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

A spokesman for the M-1 group said project officials hoped to complete the effort by late 2015.

WWJ Newsradio 950 and CBSDetroit.com will be on hand for the announcement. Stay with us for complete coverage.

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