Michigan and U.S. officials to make 'major announcement' about high-speed rail on Monday
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will join several of Michigan's top leaders in Detroit on Monday for what a news release says will be a "major announcement" involving high-speed rail.
Michigan officials are seeking federal funding for $200 million for four projects. They include a $3.5 million transit terminal in Ann Arbor and improvements to the rail between Kalamazoo and Dearborn.
According to a report in the Detroit News, the state's overall funding application for high-speed rail projects totals $560 million, a total that includes joint requests with other states.
The release says Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow will join LaHood at the Detroit Amtrak terminal on Monday afternoon for the announcement. Also present will be Gov. Rick Snyder.
Meanwhile, recent Amtrak data shows that Ann Arbor is the busiest stop on the rail line between Detroit and Chicago.