$2.8M for new train & bus station in Ann Arbor expected in today's high-speed rail announcement
The federal transportation announcement that will be made this afternoon in Detroit will include $2.8 million in funding for a new train and bus station in Ann Arbor, sources told the Detroit News.
The news comes after officials announced Friday that U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and several Michigan officials would gather in Detroit to make a 'major announcement' regarding high-speed rail in Metro Detroit.
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The award also includes $2.8 million toward the cost of a $3.5 million train and bus station in Ann Arbor, according to the Detroit News. It will be used by Amtrak, the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority and the University of Michigan.
City officials and U-M have pursued a new multimodal transit hub on Fuller Road, adjacent to the University of Michigan Hospitals.
A parking deck is planned for the first phase of the effort, but city officials have said the vision focused on turning the area into a transportation gateway for Ann Arbor.
The 977-space parking structure is projected to cost $43 million, with U-M paying 78 percent of that.
Meanwhile, AATA already is improving its downtown Blake Transit Center with federal funds, after receiving a $1 million grant last fall.