The Craig Fahle Show

It's Been A Bumpy Track for M-1 Rail

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The group behind the M-1 high-speed rail project is expected to update Detroit City Council on progress with the train today at City Hall. The M-1 project down Woodward Ave. has been plagued with various road blocks and financial issues over the past few years, delaying construction. Now organizers say the project is mere months away from groundbreaking.

The Detroit Free Press asks "What's taking the M-1 Rail so long?" in an article by John Gallagher. He writes: "But another obstacle seemed to crop up last week when a letter surfaced from Michigan’s congressional leaders requesting a $12.2-million federal grant for the project to plug a funding gap the lawmakers said could delay the project indefinitely. That news contradicted what M-1 leaders had said publicly — that the shortfall was only $4 million and no big deal."

Matthew Cullen, President and CEO of M-1 Rail released this statement: "News reports published [June 18] suggested our project is in jeopardy. It is not. The construction of the M-1 RAIL streetcar will proceed as planned and commence upon City Council approval of our operating agreement..."