[nfbmi-talk] mi losing more mass transit options
joe harcz Comcast
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Tue Dec 14 21:30:48 UTC 2010
State may lose funds for high speed rail
Ed Brayton |
12.14.10 | 7:22 am
Unless the legislature comes up with $35 million early in the next session, Michigan will lose out on more than $160 million in federal matching funds to
build a high-speed rail project from Chicago to Detroit.
The Detroit Free Press
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News from Washington in October that the state would get $150 million to develop a high-speed railway between Kalamazoo and Dearborn brought a welcome push
to Michigan’s efforts to build a 21st-Century transportation system. But the federal government can’t help those states that won’t help themselves. Michigan
now faces the very real prospect of losing the grant because the Legislature failed to set aside the required 20% local match.
It’s an ominous portent for the road ahead — if Michigan doesn’t find a better way to fund state transportation needs. Yes, that effort must include improving
efficiency and working to get a fair share of dollars from Washington. But unless Michigan wants to watch hundreds of millions of dollars of federal grants
fly to other states, it also means an overdue increase in the state gas tax.
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The state has already lost more than $150 million in federal funds that would have helped prepare the tracks along that route for high-speed trains because
the legislature failed to appropriate the matching funds.
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