M1 Rail: "We're On Track"

The group leading the M-1 light rail effort in Detroit says it's not discouraged that the federal government hasn't committed hard cash to the project. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told members off the M-1 Rail Group this week that they would not be getting the $25M dollar grant they sought to help build and operate the trains, but funds could come elsewhere in the federal budget. LaHood has lingering concerns about who will pay for and run the light rail line along Woodward Avenue from downtown to the New Center area. Private investors have pledged more than 80-million dollars to build and operate the line for 10 years. M-1 Rail Group CEO Matt Cullen tells WDET's Pat Batcheller that he believes LaHood is committed to the project. Click on the audio link above to hear the conversation.

Learn more about the project at the M-1 Rail web site