Detroit bus system loses $7M in federal funding - WNEM TV 5

Detroit bus system loses $7M in federal funding

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DETROIT (AP) -

The Detroit Department of Transportation will lose $7 million in federal money that now will go to a regional bus system.

The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments voted Friday to shift a funding formula that had favored Detroit to the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation.

SMART will receive 51.5 percent of more than $41 million in capital allocations, while Detroit will get 48.5 percent.

Detroit had been receiving 65 percent of the allocation.

Council of Governments director Paul Tait says the added money will allow upgrades to SMART's older fleet.

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing urged the board not to change the formula and that the city's bus system needs the money.

A regional transportation authority will take over the allocation of federal funds this fall.

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