The Detroit News is reporting that US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will be visiting the Detroit Auto Show on January 18th to announce $25 million in federal funding for Midtown Detroit's M-1 Rail. Readers may remember a similar announcement in February 2010. However, that funding was reallocated to a bus rapid transit system. Returning the funding to light rail hinged on the progress of a Regional Transit Authority (RTA), which the Michigan legislature created in December's lame duck session.
According the the project website, the M-1 rail line will:
- Have 11 stops from the Riverfront to the New Center area
- Stations will be wheel-chair accessible and fully lit, have a closed-circuit security system, emergency phone and covered ticket vending machine
- Each light rail car stops every seven to eight minutes during peak hours and every 12 to 13 minutes during off-peak hours
- Vehicles seat 60 passengers with the capacity to carry 149
- The light rail will be equipped with a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system
Check out the M-1 website for more information about the M-1 streetcar, or visit the Detroit News for details of LaHood's expected announcement.