News: Press Releases

(DETROIT) – This morning, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that a $25 million TIGER grant will be applied towards the M-1 Rail project in Detroit. This federal grant money, alongside more than $100 million in private contributions, will go towards the construction of a 3.3 mile, 11-station streetcar line along Woodward Avenue. In addition, Secretary LaHood announced that $6.5 million in Federal Transit Authority funding will be put towards the construction of a Bus Rapid Transit Network (BRT). Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued this statement applauding the grants:

“I applaud the Department of Transportation and the Obama administration for their continued commitment to updating our nation’s public infrastructure and investing in the Detroit metropolitan area,” said Conyers.

“After several false starts and setbacks, it is gratifying to see the M-1 Rail project, alongside the Bus Rapid Transit Network, move forward. These critical projects are more than just 3 miles of rail line connecting Downtown Detroit to the New Center area. Today’s announcement means that Detroiters have another reason to be optimistic about the future of our great city.

“It means that Detroiters will have additional, affordable mass transport options, and investors and entrepreneurs will have yet another reason to do business in downtown Detroit. The M-1 Rail project will strengthen Detroit’s finances, and provide a hub for the Bus Rapid Transit project that will connect the city to the suburbs. In addition, these projects will boost our regional economy, and will immediately create good-paying jobs for our community.”