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Work To Start On Detroit Light Rail

Jun 25, 2014

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."