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

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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood opens the first press preview day of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood opens the first press preview day of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich

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. 

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