President/CEO: M-1 expansion reliant on federal funds

Posted on June 9, 2015

DETROIT — With $100 million of the $140 million needed for the M-1 Rail streetcar project underway in Detroit coming from donors, M1 Rail President/CEO Matt Cullen said any expansion plans would rely heavily on federal dollars, MLive reported.

In the works since 2008, the M-1 Rail was first envisioned as a nine-mile streetcar system stretching from near the Detroit River to 8 Mile Road. But in 2011 that plan was scrapped in favor of the 3.3-mile line, for fiscal reasons.

Cullen said he feels the federal government would be more likely to support the expansion of an existing system than a new one, which was a major reason the first leg is being built relying on donor funds. For the full story, click here.

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