US OKs building 3.3-mile, $140M Detroit light rail - WNEM TV 5

US OKs building 3.3-mile, $140M Detroit light rail

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has given final clearance to developers of a privately managed $140 million streetcar line following a 3.3-mile course through the heart of Detroit.

M-1 Rail chief executive Matt Cullen announced the move Monday. His nonprofit group is in charge of the project.

Cullen says the Federal Transit Administration's decision means M-1 Rail can proceed with design, right-of-way acquisition and construction.

He says he expects construction to start construction south of Adams Street this year and north of Adams next year as part of a state reconstruction of Woodward.

The streetcar line is scheduled to start running in late 2015.

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