City identifies five corridors for rapid transit in Detroit

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Real Estate Agent with M and T property management LLC

DETROIT -- The city has identified five corridors for a rapid transit system that would tie downtown and some neighborhoods to a proposed commuter rail line to Ann Arbor, city officials announced Thursday.

The next step is winnowing the corridors -- Woodward, Michigan, Gratiot, Grand River and Eight Mile -- to one and selecting a system. Options include light rail, streetcars, express buses with dedicated lanes and an extension of the downtown People Mover.

The Detroit Department of Transportation will hold open houses next week to gather public input.

The process is part of a $3 million, federally funded study that aims to convince Bush administration officials to pony up potentially tens of millions of dollars for a transit system.

It won't be easy. Metro Detroit has failed for 50 years to develop effective public transportation and federal transit funding is fiercely competitive and requires a significant match from the city and state.

No local or state dollars have been committed to the project, officials said.

"It's a hard row to hoe if there's not a lot of commitment all the way down the line," said Dale Marsico, executive director of the Community Transportation Association, Washington, D.C.

Tim Roseboom, a DDOT transit planner, said rapid bus service likely would be the cheapest alternative while extending the People Mover would be the most expensive. No price tag has been attached to the project.

If funding is found, construction could start as early as 2010, said Norman White, DDOT's director.

You can reach Andy Henion at (313) 222-2610 or ahenion@detnews.com.

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Just wanted to get this out as much as possable. Thanks for reading it.
Mar 27, 2007 12:15 PM #1
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I sure hope that after all this people will see that Detroit is not all that bad. Join my group @ Detroit on this group seach.

Thanks again all

Matt

Mar 27, 2007 05:24 PM #2
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I heard that cars are more expensive than houses in a lot of Detroit right now. What is the city's plan to deal with the 14% unemployment? Are they waiting for Toyota to come to town?
Mar 27, 2007 06:28 PM #3
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I could agree that some parts of Detroit are as cheep as a car. I would also say that it would have to be a awesome car to be the same price in other parts. "like a Lambo"

As far as the unemployment, I don't have a comment for that.

As well as the Toyota comment either.

What this topic is about is City identifies five corridors for rapid transit in Detroit. Please feel free to read that again.

It sounds like you may be off topic.

I try to post good things about the re-build of Detroit. I try to stay positive at look to help not hurt Detroit. If we all work together we can make a change! Look to the future.

Thanks for the comment.

-Matt 

 

Mar 28, 2007 07:19 PM #4
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Love to hear back from you.

Thanks,

Matt

Mar 31, 2007 04:13 PM #5
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Detroit has always had a need for this but no one has been able to make it happen, and given the city's current financial situation, I'll believe it when I see it.
Apr 07, 2007 06:57 PM #6
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