Governor Dismayed, Mayor Pleased by Troy Transit Center Vote
The $8.4 million transit center, which was voted down by Troy City Council on Monday night, would have been constructed with federal funds.
Gov. Rick Snyder's office is expressing its dismay in Troy City Council's widely criticized 4-3 vote Monday evening to end a 12-year regional transit center project that would have been completed with $8.4 million in federal money.
"The governor is disappointed with the Troy City Council's rejection of the federal grant to design and build a rail station in Troy," Snyder, who sent a letter of support for the project to Troy Mayor Janice Daniels last week, said in a statement. "The station is a key destination along the new high-speed rail line and to connect with routes for regional transit."
The money will be returned to the Federal Railway Administration and used for another transit project elsewhere, though U.S. Rep. Gary Peters has been advocating for the money to stay in the area to be used for a project, possibly in Pontiac or Royal Oak.
"We are reviewing our options for utilizing the grant," Snyder said, "including the potential transfer of the grant to another applicant."
Meanwhile, Daniels said she is pleased by how the council voted Monday.
"I think it's a vote that shows that Troy is going to be a leadership city in fiscal responsibility," the mayor said.
Daniels responded to the governor's statement by saying, "I would like to discuss it with him in a private meeting and would ask if that might be possible; that would be my preference."