Light Rail Building Project to Start

DETROIT (AP) -- Work on Detroit's light rail project is scheduled to start next month following City Council's approval of construction and operating agreements.

M-1 Rail President and CEO Matt Cullen said Tuesday that groundbreaking and construction details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Cullen says a public information campaign will prepare people living along the Woodward corridor and area businesses for the work.

The 3.3-mile streetcar line is to start running along Woodward Avenue in 2016. It will extend from Detroit's downtown riverfront to the city's New Center area. Below-ground utility relocation began late last year.

Cullen says in a release that the $140 million mass transit system will play a major role in shaping Detroit's future "and will ignite tremendous new economic development and job creation."


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