TROY (WWJ) – Let’s get on with business. That’s what the latest mayor of Troy is saying, following the recent recall election of Mayor Janice Daniels.

Leaders in Troy held a groundbreaking for the city’s new transit center, off Coolidge, near 15 Mile Road, which will serve as a hub for new high-speed Amtrak trains.

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Troy’s acting mayor, Dane Slater, asked City Council members to join him in a show of solidarity at Tuesday’s event. “We are all now in support of this project, and by them coming today I think it shows the unity that we need to have to move forward as a great city …,” he said.

Slater’s predecessor, Janice Daniels, was ousted partially because of her stance against the transit center along with comments about gays that many residents found offensive.

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Slater, who was appointed by Council, said he hopes February’s special election to replace Daniels won’t be too much of a distraction. “I’m certainly more than capable of putting everything behind us and moving forward,” Slater said. “Let’s get on with business and do what’s best for Troy.”

Troy received a federal grant for the construction of the Troy Multi-Modal Transit Facility through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program, Federal Rail Administration (FRA). The project is federally fully funded, with no city money required for construction.

The 2,000-square-foot station is scheduled to be complete and open in summer 2013.

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Troy Mayor Pro-Tem Dane Slater holds court at a groundbreaking for the Troy Transit Center. (credit: WWJ/Mike Campbell)