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Detroit light rail project to get $25 million in federal funding

January 18 2013 | no comments

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood came to Detroit to pledge $25 Million in funding for the 3.3 mile light rail project along Woodward Avenue.

LaHood said, “I applaud Michigan’s leaders for coming together to support a regional vision for public transportation that will improve access to jobs, education, medical care and other destinations for residents in the Detroit metro area.”

The project is set to receive another $100 million in donations from foundations and corporations to build and maintain the rail line.  The M-1 light rail circulator will have 11 stations along the line from downtown Detroit to New Center.  The project will also be expandable to operate in conjunction with other transit systems including DDOT, SMART, Amtrak and the people mover.

Project organizers are finalizing engineering plans.  Project organizers plan to break ground later this year with hopes of beginning operations in late 2015.

Donors to the M-1 RAIL project include: Bank of America, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Detroit Downtown Development Authority, Compuware, Detroit Medical Center, Ford Foundation, Henry Ford Health System, Hudson Webber Foundation, Illitch Holdings, Inc., Penske Corporation, Quicken Loans, The Kresge Foundation, Wayne County, Wayne State University, and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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