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Ypsilanti DDA Plans To Help Fund Possible Depot Town Train Stop

Nov 17, 2015

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Funding for a Depot Town stop on a new Amtrak rail line could be closer to reality.


 

In a letter to the Ypsilanti City Council, lobbyist Kirk Profit says Amtrak is interested in Depot Town stop, according to Mlive.

The idea is not new, but an agreement between the city and the Downtown Development Authority could help secure a portion of funding for the train stop. DDA Executive Director Tim Colbeck says, “If and when a train stop comes we would put...that as our number one priority. "

 

Colbeck says,

 

“There’s a high level of commitment on a lot of parties to make this happen and there’s a high level of optimism. We... would absolutely want to support a train stop and when it does happen we would want to be able to put our full capacity behind it through our ability to bond revenue.”

The Ypsilanti City Council will vote on the DDA’s tax spending plan Tuesday night.

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