DETROIT (WWJ) – 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.

While he knows some Detroiters may disagree with him on this, DEGC President George Jackson says he’s a big advocate of a regional system.

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When questioned during an appearance at the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce this week, Jackson was asked if he thinks there are enough riders to make the project work.

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“I don’t know of any transit system that actually turns a profit in the country, really. But, I think that it is something, something you do as a utility, that is a public service. It’s something that is a quality of life issue as well a transportation issue that we feel is just good for the community.”

Jackson said no matter what, the Detroit Light Rail project must be done in a cost-effective manner.

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Read more about the Detroit Light Rail project, here.