The proposal to convert 1.9 miles of a 20-mile trail to rail is the first such reactivation of a rail line in Michigan.
Plans are moving forward for a hiking and biking trail from Belle Isle park in Detroit to Ironwood on the Wisconsin boundary in the western Upper Peninsula.
The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund has awarded $300,000 for construction on a three-mile stretch of a biking and hiking trail in suburban Detroit.
Government planners from Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin anticipate being among those meeting this week to work on plans for a proposed 1,640-mile trail network around Lake Michigan.
The case involves more than 300 people who worked the phones to peddle mortgages over a four-year period ending in 2006.
A $10,000 grant will help fund the development and launch of a water trail along Lake St. Clair.