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U.S. Transportation Secretary announces funding for Detroit rail system

By Katie Burke, Daily News Editor
Published January 18, 2013

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Friday morning that Detroit will receive $25 million of federal funding for a streetcar system.

According to a report by The Detroit Free Press, the money will go to the $140-million M-1 rail project, a three-mile rail line connecting downtown Detroit and New Center, an uptown district of the city. The undertaking is part of a 40-year effort to bring the city up to par with other mid-sized cities’ transportation systems.

LaHood made the announcement with Congressman John Dingell (D-Mich.) at Wayne State University in Detroit. Democratic Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin and Detroit Mayor David Bing, were also in attendance.

LaHood said in his speech that the funding will aid Detroit’s growing recovery and will inspire future progress, the Free Press reported.

“What I have seen happen in Detroit is a transformation,” LaHood said. “This is a day of celebration for the city.”