Mayor's idea? Turn down $8 million for Transit Center, then open a savings account
from yesterday's DetNews:
Dave Henderson, one of three council members elected last month, sees no need to rush it. "We should build it after a regional rail system is established," he said. The transit center project is fully funded through a rail grant from federal stimulus funds.
Therese Cody, the programs operation manager for passenger rail with MDOT, said if Troy doesn't accept the money, it will be reallocated to another rail project, potentially in another state.
"It's going to be their decision," said Cody, who has worked on the Troy project since 2000. "Along the route, some communities embrace the train and others want it just to pass through."
Cody added that besides Troy, funding has come through for rail projects in Dearborn and Battle Creek, and others are under way in Jackson, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor. Pontiac opened a new transit center in August.
"There's a lot happening in Michigan," she said. "We've been talking a long time … but there wasn't a lot of money to kick it over the top. Now we're seeing it."
Daniels said the city should pay for such a big project itself — even if it takes another decade. She said she's planning to recommend that the city designate a savings account for the project and that a portion of the city's reserve fund be added each year.