At a press conference Monday morning, complete with glossy press release, thick overview booklet, fancy simulation video, moving speeches and applauding appointees, the mayor and his mother announced that transit is on its way.
"Light rail is coming. Light rail is coming to the city!" exclaimed an excited Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick while kicking off his speech at the press conference.
Well, it's just about coming. At the very least, the city is another step closer to realizing light rail.
The Detroit Transit Options for Growth Study
shows a light rail line along the center of Woodward, stretching from downtown to the State Fair Grounds, is needed. Armed with the study, city officials will begin pressing the feds for more than half of the $371 million needed to build the 8-mile long line. They see construction beginning as soon as 2011 and putting people on trains within 24 to 30 months after the start of construction.Click here
or on the YouTube screen below to watch a short video of what it would look like: