Woodward Light Rail Plan Scrapped for Faster Buses

Concerns over the city of Detroit's financial crisis have apparently spelled the end of plans to build a light rail line along Woodward Avenue. The Detroit Free Press reports that local, state, and federal officials will focus now on developing a regional transit authority, that will use "high-speed" buses along dedicated routes between the city and suburbs. Free Press reporter Matt Helms told WDET that the buses are longer than traditional buses, with accordion-shaped dividers in the middle. The buses will also have the ability to electronically bypass traffic signals. WDET's Pat Batcheller spoke with Megan Owens of Transportation Riders United, a group that supports public transit and the M1 rail project. She says the loss of the project could cost Detroit jobs and millions of dollars in investment. Click the audio link above to hear the conversation.

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