Ann Arbor Area Community News
The US House yesterday approved a transportation bill (expected to win Senate approval today) that includes $1.123b annually for Michigan for the next 3 years, including $100m specified for a rapid rail connection between Ann Arbor/Ypsi and Detroit. The bill also would restore Amtrak’s funding to current levels, rather than cutting it in half, allowing service to Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Port Huron to continue.
UPDATE, 30 July: The Senate has also passed the transportation bill, and President Bush is expected to sign it, despite it being around $3billion more (a whopping 1.05%) than he had said he’d support. The aforementioned $100m for Ann Arbor – Detroit rapid transit is explained by the Ann Arbor News as going towards an “engineering study”:
“This is really good news. The preliminary engineering study is a big part of it,’’ Paul E. Tait, SEMCOG’s executive director and an Ypsilanti resident, said this morning of the infusion of federal money.
The Detroit News discusses other Michigan projects specifically funded in the bill, including $29m for the Detroit waterfront and $43m to improve traffic flow at Port Huron’s Blue Water Bridge.
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