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LaHood Promises Federal Funds For Regional Transportation

The U.S. Transportation Secretary says the White House will help fund a regional transit authority in Metro Detroit if officials in the region can come to an agreement on an overall plan. Officials in Detroit and communities surrounding the city have struggled for years to develop a comprehensive plan for creating a regional transportation program. Now U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is offering a fresh incentive. LaHood says the Obama Administration is willing to invest millions of dollars in a regional transit system in southeast Michigan, saying the White House is willing to “put an enormous amount of money on the table for this.” Last week LaHood met with Governor Rick Snyder, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and others to discuss transit issues. LaHood says Metro Detroit officials are cooperating in assembling a plan the Secretary predicts the federal government will support.