Detroit’s Light Rail Plan Derailed
A plan to build a light rail system along Woodward Avenue in Detroit has been scrapped.
According to sources familiar with the Woodward M-1 Light Rail Project, federal funding for the plan is being pulled and the project is dead.
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will meet with members of the Michigan Congressional delegation today to inform them of the decision not to support the project.
It is expected that a rapid regional bus system will be suggested instead.
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing calls the decision a positive development. Speaking at an event honoring bus drivers, the Mayor told reporters, “This will serve more people” and “be more cost effective.”
Bing says a regional bus system would run major lines down Woodward, Gratiot, Michigan and “hopefully” Grand River. The mayor said Wednesday that Governor Rick Snyder has been talking with the Transportation Secretary, as well as the area’s four County Executives regarding the region’s transportation future.