A light-rail line in Detroit is a step closer to becoming reality after the Michigan Legislature voted to contribute some state money toward operating the privately funded project.
Bills winning final approval early Friday would help clear the way for the $100 million project along Detroit's Woodward Avenue corridor. If built, the 3.5-mile line would be at street level. Riders could expect a train to arrive at stops every five to 10 minutes.
The line could be running in three years, though snags are certainly possible in the poor economy. It's seen as a start toward potentially building a larger transit system in the Detroit area.
The state would contribute no more than $8 million a year to help cover operational expenses once construction is complete.