Federal Government Helping Fund $140 MIllion Light Rail in Detroit

by Katrina Trinko

Detroit may be overrun with packs of stray dogs, be facing bankruptcy, and generally be in a desolate state, but the city is still gearing up for a $140 million light rail projects, reports MLive:

The open house was held Friday at Motor City Casino by California firm Stacy and Witbeck, Inc. for the numerous subcontractors needed for the $140 million task.

Everything from asphalt milling to signage to trucking to underground electrical subcontractors are needed to complete the city’s light rail, which is slated to be finished near the end of 2015.

And oh yes, there’s taxpayer dollars involved:

The federal government signed off on the $140 million M1 Rail project in April. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in January announced $25 million in federal funding for the transit project, which will have 11 stops and cost $1.50 per ride. Fifteen private donors led by Penske Chairman Roger Penske, Quicken Chairman Dan Gilbert and M-1 CEO Matt Cullen contributed $100 million to the project.

If the government and donors are wiling to give $140 million to Detroit, it’s hard to see why light rail would be the top funding priority.


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