On Tuesday, February 14th, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood recommended $2.1 billion worth of funding for transportation infrastructure throughout the United States, including $14.7 million for the SilverLine BRT project. Pending full approval from the FTA and congressional authorization, this funding will be awarded and construction can begin on the SilverLine. This federal grant funding will be used exclusively on capital costs (stations, vehicles, etc.), and when the system is completed sometime in 2014, local millage funds will be collected to be used strictly on operational costs (fuel, wages, etc.).
This is great news for the six city area, and The Rapid is thrilled to be on track to build the first bus rapid transit line in Michigan.
Read the full press release from the Federal Transit Administration here.