US transit chief in Detroit Friday to discuss Detroit light rail project

Details of a plan expected to 'significantly expand transit options in downtown Detroit' unveiled Friday

DETROIT - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is coming to Detroit to make "a major funding announcement" that is expected to involve plans for a light rail system between the city's downtown and the cultural, medical and educational center a few miles north.

LaHood's office says Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow and others will be at Wayne State University at 9:30 a.m. Friday to reveal details of a plan "that will significantly expand transit options in downtown Detroit."

Gov. Rick Snyder says he'll attend, too.

The U.S. Transportation Department didn't reveal details, but LaHood has been in talks for months with city, regional and state officials on their part of a deal to create a 3.3-mile light rail line that's expected to cost $137 million.

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