Washtenaw County resolution could put $25 million for Detroit street car line in jeopardy
Millions of federal funds for a Detroit street car line could be in jeopardy as a coalition of Southeast Michigan lawmakers working to create a regional transit authority are separating into factions, according to a Detroit News report.
Washtenaw County officials voted Nov. 7 to soften their previously strong support of a four-county regional transit authority with a resolution that protected the county's ability to manage its own transportation funds.
Additionally, lawmakers in suburban Detroit have opposed a number of the new regional transit authority's proposed capabilities, according to the report.
The Michigan Legislature’s lame duck session begins Tuesday. Without an agreement between coalition members seeking to unify the management of transit in Southeast Michigan, $25 million in federal funding for a planned M-1 Woodward Avenue street car line could be lost, according to the Detroit News report.
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Commissioners Alicia Ping, Wesley Prater, Dan Smith, Rob Turner, Barbara Levin Bergman and Leah Gunn voted for Dan Smith's resolution, and commissioners Yousef Rabhi, Rolland Sizemore Jr., Conan Smith and Felicia Brabec voted against it. Ronnie Peterson was absent.
The resolution states Washtenaw County should have control of any transportation funding that is designated for the county and that the county’s voters should determine when to join a regional transit authority:
The resolution had not been distributed prior to the Nov. 7 full board meeting, and both commissioners Smith spent their recess after Ways and Means meeting in a private discussion.