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U.S. Transportation Department awards grant to Detroit Regional Transit Authority


DETROIT (WKZO) -- Governor Rick Snyder joined Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and other officials as U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a 31-million dollar investment for the Regional Transit Authority in Detroit.  The authority will oversee the light rail project along Woodward Avenue and a bus rapid transit system that will serve four counties and Detroit.

The RTA was created by the Michigan ;egislature last year and was a key component in getting federal funding.  The public-private transit system has raised more than 137-million dollars.  The Kresge Foundation has also earmarked 35-million dollars for the project that begins this summer.