A sample of early reactions:
I can understand Megan Owens’ reaction, since the ‘six years of work’ she refers to are, in large part, hers. And I certainly won’t dispute her characterization of the mayor as ‘a moron,’ since he’s proven it over and over again more or less since his first day in office (but that’s a topic for another post).
But as readers of this blog may recall, I’m not terribly surprised by this news given that Detroit as an independent political and fiscal entity will likely not exist in its current form within six months. Nor does it necessarily entail a worse long-term outcome for metro Detroit’s transit riders, especially the vast majority that do not live or work along Woodward south of 8 Mile. The governor has made it clear that his vision for a new regional transit system centers on bus rapid transit, and that vision, along with the loss of control over its own finances the city will shortly face, was the controlling factor here.
If light rail does eventually come to Michigan, it will makes its debut in one of three places: 1) Ann Arbor (between UM’s North & Central Campuses), 2) the Woodward corridor in southeast Oakland County, or 3) Grand Rapids.