It may be too broke to pay its bills or even respond to 911 calls on time, but Detroit is still thinking big.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has given final clearance to developers of a privately managed Detroit streetcar line.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood said it’s “a day of celebration for the city.”
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.
Residents along the Woodward Avenue corridor are being asked for their input at a series of hearings starting Monday evening.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he’s ready to start funding a light rail passenger line and fast bus lines in the Detroit area if state and regional officials can finally work together on ending the metro area’s status as the nation’s largest without mass transit.
A proposed passenger rail system running from downtown Detroit to the city’s New Center area won’t get a $25 million grant that supporters were seeking, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.
“It’s official, it’s economical, it’s fast. I mean… what’s the knock on light rail? What’s wrong with it?” Detroit businesswoman Denise Ilitch asked on Charlie Langton’s morning show.
Governor Snyder and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing are set to meet with federal transportation leaders on a possible light-rail system in Detroit.
The light rail system would run from Grand Blvd. to Congress and from New Center to downtown Detroit.