The city of Troy breaks ground on transit center

Ground breaking signifies construction to start on new Troy transit center

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TROY, Mich. - The city of Troy will break ground on Tuesday to signify the start of construction on the much debated transit center.

The center will be built on the corner of Maple Road and Coolidge Highway.

It will connect the rail lines from Pontiac to Detroit, Dearborn, Ann Arbor and Chicago and replaces the Birmingham Amtrak platform.

Construction of the new center begins after some debate in the city.

Former Troy Mayor Janice Daniels, opposed the regional center and the $6.2 million in federal grants to pay for it.

Opponents called the center a waste of tax dollars.

Troy residents voted to remove Daniels as part-time leader of the city during the Nov. 6th election.

The original $8.4 million federal-funded plan was rejected in a 4-3 vote by City Council on Dec. 19.

The Troy Chamber of Commerce then worked with the Council to put together a less-costly plan which, was approved in January.

The center is to serve as a central location for taxis and SMART buses and it must open by Oct. 1, 2013, in order qualify for the federal funding.

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