04/26/2013 09:48 am ET

Detroit May Lose $7M For Transit


Detroit — A controversial vote today to shift $7 million in federal funding from the Detroit Department of Transportation to the suburban SMART bus system is prompting protests from Mayor Dave Bing and others who argue the change is unfair to the city's beleaguered bus system.

At 1 p.m. at its Detroit base, the 50-member executive committee of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments will vote on whether to change the funding formula. The formula for distributing $41.2 million in federal capital allocations for bus grades would go from 65 percent to 35 percent in DDOT's favor to a 51.5 percent to 48.5 percent split favoring SMART.

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