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Detroit Bets Big On Costly Projects

AP | DAVID EGGERT | Posted 10.28.2013 | Detroit

DETROIT -- DETROIT (AP) — It may be too broke to pay its bills or even respond to 911 calls on time, but Detroit is still thinking big. As the debt...


mode shift move together | Amy Swift | Posted 04.11.2013 | Detroit

This post first appeared at Mode Shift: Move Together, the online hub for placemaking and connectivity in Metro Detroit. DETROIT—There is a gen...

Ashley Woods

Light Rail CEO Says He's 'Positive' Mass Transit Will Take Off In Detroit | Ashley Woods | Posted 01.23.2013 | Detroit

Detroit's crippled transit system has languished for decades, but a $25 million federal investment announced last week by U.S. Transportation Secreta...

Feds To Start Funding Detroit Light-Rail System

AP | MIKE HOUSEHOLDER | Posted 03.20.2013 | Detroit

DETROIT — The federal government committed $25 million Friday to build a streetcar line through the heart of Detroit, putting in place the last ...

Feds Make Huge Investment In Transit

Posted 01.18.2013 | Detroit

Sometimes travel plans don't always go as you expect -- just ask U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. LaHood announced Friday a $25 million fe...

LaHood In Detroit To Talk Light Rail Progress

Detroit Free Press | Posted 12.15.2012 | Detroit

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will be in Detroit today to discuss progress on bringing a light-rail line to Woodward between downtown Detro...

The Latest Hitch In The Woodward Rail Project

Posted 06.25.2012 | Detroit

The backers of a rail line that would cover a 3.3 mile stretch of Detroit's Woodward Ave. are putting together a list of potential private-sector mana...

U.S. Transportation Secretary 'Committed' To Light Rail, But Project Won't Get $25 Million Grant

Detroit Free Press | Posted 06.19.2012 | Detroit

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said today Detroit's proposed streetcar project won't be receiving a federal grant worth up to ...

Light Rail Still Waiting For Federal Funding

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 06.06.2012 | Detroit

Backers of Detroit's on-again, off-again light rail project who were expecting some good news Monday may have to wait two months longer for a federal ...

Transportation Secretary To Meet With Light Rail Backers Again

Detroit News | Posted 05.30.2012 | Detroit

By Dave Shepardson Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he will be in Detroit Monday for a meeting on the fate of the proposed M-1 light rail p...

WATCH: What To Do About Detroit Transit

Posted 05.01.2012 | Detroit

Our friends at Translogic are taking a look at the Motor City's public transit (and lack thereof) this week. Translogic talked to transportation p...

Woodward Light Rail Not Dead Yet -- Should it Be?

David Kiley | Posted 06.24.2012 | Detroit
David Kiley

The project looks great on paper, and even better in a computer-generated rendering provided by the project's backers. But life in Detroit is not lived on paper.

M1 Group Backs Up Light Rail With 1,200 Page Report, $84 Million

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 06.04.2012 | Detroit

After several months hammering out the details, the backers behind a plan to put a 3.1-mile rail track down Woodward Ave. in Detroit submitted a repor...

Light Rail Decision Delayed Until May

Detroit News | Posted 04.18.2012 | Detroit

By David Shepardson Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is postponing a decision on the proposed M-1 light rail project up Woodward Avenue for at l...

Why Light Rail and Buses Are Both Essential to Detroit's Transit System

Megan Owens | Posted 06.06.2012 | Detroit
Megan Owens

If Detroit wants to stabilize and grow its economy, buses, rapid buses, and light rail must all be included in Detroit's regional transportation system. If Detroit only supports a basic bus system, we will remain a third-class city.

Another Blow For Light Rail, This Time From The Feds

Detroit News | Posted 05.16.2012 | Detroit

The U.S. Transportation Department told Michigan legislators and advocates of high-speed light rail it has serious concerns about the Woodward project...

Matt Sledge

Detroit Dumps Light Rail Plan For Streetcar | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.09.2012 | Detroit

Detroit's proposed light rail system -- back from the grave more times than a character on As The World Turns -- would be revived as a shorter, 3.4-mi...

Matt Sledge

Transit Advocates Explain Why Rapid Buses Are Better Choice | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.22.2012 | Detroit

The cancellation of plans for a light rail line running down Detroit's Woodward Avenue may be something of a blessing in disguise for the Motor City, ...

Visions of a Transit Based Region

Dean P. Simmer | Posted 02.14.2012 | Detroit
Dean P. Simmer

If we stick with the status quo, we are accepting a region without viable transportation. We're accepting that the "brain drain" Governor Snyder laments is part of our lives.

This Is Not the End of the Line for Transit

Neil Greenberg | Posted 02.14.2012 | Detroit
Neil Greenberg

I am fully confident that we will have rail in Detroit. That said, the cancellation of this specific light rail project does not surprise me -- nor does it particularly disappoint me.

Light Rail Out, Bus Plan In

The Huffington Post | Simone Landon | Posted 12.19.2011 | Detroit

The Free Press reports that Detroit will cancel its plans to build a light rail line down Woodward Avenue in favor of beefing up the city's bus system...