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.
The new light-rail plan calls for a three-mile line rather than the originally planned eight-mile line.
A day after plans were scrapped for a new light rail system that would run along Woodward in Detroit, a prominent local businessman is saying “Not so fast.”
Gov. Rick Snyder says improving passenger and freight rail service is “vital to Michigan’s future.”
Detroit City Council will meet privately with Mayor Dave Bing on Wednesday to discuss several issues, including city finances.
The head of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation says he supports the idea of extending a light rail system planned for Detroit beyond 8 Mile Road.