Light rail funding has finally arrived. At a Friday press conference, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, flanked by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Detroit Mayor Bing, announced a $25 million federal TIGER grant to help build a transit line in Detroit. In addition, Southeast Michigan will also be getting $6.5 million in funds for a regional network of rapid buses.
The project has certainly traveled a rickety path to get to this point. It's been downsized in scope. It was nearly derailed in favor of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) plan. And just reaching the starting line for federal funds required state lawmakers to approve legislation for a Regional Transit Authority -- a venture that had already crashed and burned 23 times in the last 40 years.
As expected, Twitter users are here to tell it like it is. HuffPost collected some of their most boisterous and cutting tweets to offer insight on the announcement. Check them out in the slideshow below and tweet your thoughts about light rail to @HuffPostDetroit.