Monday, December 19, 2011

Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "No Train for the Motor City" from WSJ


"DETROIT—After kicking the tires on a shiny new train system, the Motor City has decided to take the cheaper bus instead.


This week, the U.S. Department of Transportation and Mayor Dave Bing suddenly abandoned a roughly $600 million plan to build a light-rail line along a key corridor that supporters had insisted would attract new residents and jump-start economic growth. Instead, they proposed a less-expensive plan for a network of express buses to deliver workers from the city to the job-rich suburbs.


Even the express-bus system would require a level of regional cooperation on transit that has long eluded Detroit and its suburbs. The impoverished city is struggling to maintain its existing transit network, including a rickety, heavily subsidized bus system and a lonely elevated train that courses through downtown...."


Link:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204844504577100660265044228.html


Editor's Note: While not visible in the article's image, the line includes a segment to the international airport, a big plus for Detroit-bound CTers!

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