01/10/2013 04:16 pm ET Updated Mar 12, 2013

Woodward Light Rail Project Will Receive $25 Million In Federal Funding

President Obama's Transportation Secretary will visit Detroit late next week with $25 million in new money for the fledgling M-1 Rail project to bring light rail to about three miles of Woodward Avenue between downtown and the New Center area, two people familiar with the decision confirmed today.

Ray LaHood is expected to be in Detroit for the North American International Auto Show on Monday for industry-related events, but he will return on Jan. 18 to award $25 million to the M-1 project, a largely private-sector effort to bring a light rail line to Woodward after a larger effort, spanning from downtown to 8 Mile, collapsed last year.

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