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Detroit M-1 Rail passenger service delayed until early 2017

Passenger service was scheduled to begin in 2016

The M-1 Rail line under construction looking toward downtown Detroit.
The M-1 Rail line under construction looking toward downtown Detroit. (Getty Images)

DETROIT – The schedule for M-1 Rail passenger service to begin has been pushed back to early 2017 instead of late 2016, officials announced Wednesday.

The $140 million rail project was expected to start running in late 2016. However, a new federal safety certification process has pushed back the schedule, said Dan Lijana, who is communications officer for the project.

"Construction is expected to be completed on time. Testing will begin in the fourth quarter of 2016," said Lijana.

Construction began about a year ago on the transit line which will travel a 6.6-mile roundtrip route along Woodward Avenue from the riverfront.