The U.S. Transportation Secretary is coming to Detroit on Friday to make “a major funding announcement” that is expected to involve plans for a light rail system.
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.
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.
WWJ Newsradio 950 and CBSDetroit.com are your destinations for complete coverage of Friday’s expected announcement on an agreement between Michigan and Canada to build a new bridge over the Detroit River, and the jobs that would come along with it.
Governor Snyder and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing are set to meet with federal transportation leaders on a possible light-rail system in Detroit.
LaHood says the line will offer fast and efficient access to the western Michigan city’s central business district and relieve congestion.
The $32.4 million transit center renovation and expansion was funded with $10.6 million from the federal Recovery Act and an additional $17.4 million in federal transit funds.
Word is expected to come on Wednesday that plans for a light rail system along Woodward are being scrapped in favor of a rapid-transit bus system.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says the Chevy Volt is safe to drive even though the government is investigating fires caused by damage to the electric car’s battery.