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City Breaks Ground on $6.3 Million Troy Transit Center

Congressman Gary Peters attended the event to officially break ground on the project, which is expected to be completed by October of next year.

On a chilly but sunny Tuesday morning in Troy, all six members of the Troy City Council, flanked by Congressman Gary Peters and representatives from the business community and railway, drove clean shovels into a mound of dirt, tossing it aside and ceremoniously breaking ground on the $6.3 million Troy Transit Center.

"This is a significant project, really a significant step to a broader regional transit system," U.S. Congressman Gary Peters said, addressing a large crowd before the groundbreaking. "Hopefully we'll also have a regional transit authority soon, and we can be doing what ever other major region has done, which is invest in regional transit."

"It's a great day for Troy," Troy Mayor Dane Slater said. "We can hopefully re-develop and bring business together and bring employees here and make it easier to get to places in Troy."

The design and construction of Troy Transit Center, which had been in the works for a decade and had an original price tag of $8.4 million, was nearly stopped in its tracks last December when City Council voted 4-3 against approving a contract for design of the transit center.

Mayor Slater, a council member at the time, worked with Mayor Pro Tem Wade Fleming, also a council member at the time, to reduce the cost of the transit center in order to elicit a "yes" vote from Fleming, who said the project was too expensive. The revised $6.3 million proposal passed in a 4-3 vote in January.

Funded with federal money through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program and Federal Rail Administration, the 2,000-square-foot transit center will replace the Amtrak platform across the tracks in Birmingham. 

The facility will connect to ground-side inter-modal facilities via ADA-compliant sidewalks and a pedestrian bridge over the tracks to a new Amtrak platform on the west side of the tracks. Elevators and stairs will provide access to the pedestrian bridge. 

The new facility will also provide a SMART bus stop area sized to accommodate up to four full size buses, and a passenger/taxi drop off and pick up area.  Parking for all modes of travel will be provided in an upgraded parking area on the Troy side.

For complete coverage of the Troy Transit Center, visit our special topic page.

Sue Martin November 28, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Tom wins the fan fiction award of the day! You've not only creatively rewritten what actually happened in the past, you're predicting a dark imaginary future. Let's add this to the "doomsday prophecy" genre, shall we?
Anonymous November 29, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Jeff S, since you seem to know so much, why don't you ask Crain's why they are reporting false information? I just posted what I read. Has it been confirmed that the Troy Chamber received commitment from Troy businesses to pay for the upkeep of the transit center? I believe some of what Tom Baker stated is true, we are going to subsidize the train station that not many will use. We're known as the motor city; home of the Big 3 automakers. We like to drive cars not use public transportation.
cookiepro2 November 29, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Here's a cut and paste from the Crain's aritcle: "Troy officials are scheduled to break ground Tuesday on its $6.3 million Multi-Modal Transit Facility on Doyle Drive southwest of Maple Road and Coolidge Highway. The project is paid for by a grant under the federal High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Lansing-based Tooles/Clark Construction Co. will be construction manager at a guaranteed maximum cost of $5.1 million, and the city also will pay $1.1 million in owner costs for separate architectural and engineering services. " I think Crain is giving a break down of the $6.3 million federal grant money: $5.1 million to construction co. and $1.1 milliion to A&E services. They could have been clearer in their writing. Here's a link to their article: http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20121125/SUB01/311259959/this-just-in-troy-to-break-ground-on-new-transit-center#
Tom Baker November 29, 2012 at 02:05 PM
The project is not PAID for! This is the same fallacy Snyder is is using to sell the bridge. The government funds to build this facility are only just to build it. It won't make money because none of them do and the operations and expenses fall on the tax payers of Troy. The Dreamers in Troy who HAVE to get some form of transportation system when Michigan has the MOST car owners in the country per capita is idiotic. This is a dream that takes money away from firefighters and police officers and other necessary expenses in a down economy! Wake up Troy! This is the legacy of John Szerlag and Schilling!
Daffy Noodnicks November 29, 2012 at 02:44 PM
The Chamber of Commerce is covering ongoing costs, not Troy taxpayers. It would be super if you got your facts straight before calling people idiots.
Tom Baker November 29, 2012 at 02:53 PM
The Chamber of commerce is not a taxing authority nor is it covering anything. It's budget isn't based on a train system that needs to be subsidized. The misinformation of the DREAMERs who have to get a Depot as bad as a library that doesn't support itself is the reason the cities economic development bond rating is in Junk Bond status. All of you posting who do nothing yourselves but want to use taxpayer money for your personal dreams need to wake up. The cities taxpayers like they always do will get stuck with this bill.
Daffy Noodnicks November 29, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Tom, dude, it is a fact. The C of C has agreed to cover ongoing costs. Look it up. You're wrong.
Tom Baker November 29, 2012 at 03:03 PM
The fact you don't have the guts to identify yourself makes your comments silly and not credible. You look it up as you are being hoodwinked. That is if you own a house here in Troy!
Jeff S. November 29, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Anonymous said, "I just posted what I read." That's some super critical thinking skills there. Did it never occur to you that the journalists may have the facts incorrect, their writing may be a bit sloppy, or that you misinterpreted their meaning?
Daffy Noodnicks November 29, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I live in Troy and my name is Matt Goodman, tough guy. It is pretty common knowledge, to anyone who is educated on this issue, that the CofC is picking up operating costs for the transport center, I am somewhat informed so I don't need to look it up. You don't know what you are talking about, so I suggested you become informed. Don't want to? I don't care. But I am correct.
Jeff S. November 29, 2012 at 03:13 PM
What's really taking money away from police officers in this town is the fact that the 1.9 mill increase from a few years ago failed. Accordingly, the tax revenues have been dropping ever since the real estate market crash. That's why the city had to let so many officers go through early retirement. It's NOT because the city is building a transit center using 100% Federal funds which CANNOT be used to pay for police officers. Tom, has your city tax bill gone down over the last few years? Mine has.
Really November 29, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Mr. Baker, not true on multiple fronts. The City still has a AAA bond rating. The DDA has the junk bond status. Neither the former mayor nor Szerlag put the DDA in that position, dramatic drops in commercial property values did that, as a consequence of the failing auto industry (and, by the way, no mayor can do anything without 3 other votes). The actual contract with the feds mandates that they will pay all upkeep and maintenance (which was not part of the original proposal). The CoC's focus is now on additional revenue that will go straight to the City. As no general fund Revenue is being used for the project or its maintenance, NO monies are being taken away from the police and fire personnel because of this project. You have posted a lot of fallacies, and misinformation, much like the Tea Party does. You need to get your facts straight, and to use your own termonology, wake up..
Daffy Noodnicks November 29, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Really: thanks for clarifying. I did not know the Feds are picking up what the CofC had previously said they would cover.
Really November 29, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Daffy, neither did the City, until the actual contract was profferred. The feds assumed all upkeep and maintenance for the Dearborn station, and wanted that same control in Troy. Any branding, naming rights, or advertising that the CoC can come up with is free money to the City.
Tom Baker November 29, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Matt, tough guy,lol you obviously are not educated on this at all because if you were you would know there is NO transportation system in America no subsidized by the tax payer. 2nd and more importantly, you do not go into financially draining developments when the economy is down and home owners have a significant drop in their values. The only idiots who do these types of thing are local politicians who don't make any money but have this dream to use tax payer money to fund what "They Believe" the rest of us need. YOU are beyond ignorant if you don't thing Troy's taxpayers aren't going to end up paying for this. That makes you uneducated!
Really November 29, 2012 at 03:37 PM
I called the City for clarification. Amtrak assumes the upkeep and maintenance. MDOT reimburses Amtrak. After some 'to be mutually agreed upon' year, MDOT will assume all of those costs with a 'possible' contribution from SMART.
Tom Baker November 29, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Another expert who doesn't identify themselves. The city of Troy has multiple bond ratings genius and the Economic Bond rating is rate Junk Bond status as has been reported in Crain's and DETNEWS. This is why many of you misinformed goose steppers who voted to oust the mayor are going to get what you deserve when the city council and mayor come to us and ask us to poney up taxes because now we can't have police and a depot too! Wake up folks!
Daffy Noodnicks November 29, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Ok genius, since you are so smart, what are Troy taxpayers on the hook for? This thread pointed out facts to the contrary. It's clear you don't know what you're talking about but you persist in calling people names. Are you a myopic Luddite, or do you just not care about facts?
Really November 29, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Wow, someone got out bed on the wrong side. The FACT is that ONLY the DDA has a junk bond status rating, as stated in Crains and the Detroit News, period. Whatever else you believe is wrong. And the fact is that there are NO General Fund Revenues going towards the transportation center, so NO Police or Fire personnel are jeopardized by its existance. And the name calling is pretty self illuminating, wouldn't you say? Keep it polite and factual and you'll find a larger audience for your views. As far as any possible millage request, you can vote any way you like. As with any other vote (recall) the majority rule.
Tom Baker November 29, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Who wants and audience but you! You have no facts which is why your posts aren't credible. All you have is the dream of a Depot nobody will use. Then what? Dreamers like your type thinking is why there is so much waste in government!
Daffy Noodnicks November 29, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Facts: actual contract stating the city isn't on the hook, actual bond ratings. What have you got? Name calling? Unsubstantiated innuendo? False information? Grousing about the gubmint? This is all very persuasive, Tom. Thanks for sharing and adding so much that is productive to the discourse
Really November 29, 2012 at 04:13 PM
TB, you're the one lacking in credibility. All of your purported information has been dismissed as nonsense over the last couple of years, and certainly today. But, hey, why let the facts get in the way? And by the way, I was neither for or against the depot, I felt that if it came OK, but I wasn't going to lose sleep if it didn't. In any case, it's going to be here, and that's no reason to twist the truth cuz you're mad about it. Anyway, I'll leave you to your fantasies because reasoning seems to be out of your ablilitiy. Hope you have a good day!
Eva November 29, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Rating this and rating that. So how about a link or web address to the rating authority so we can put this back and forth nonsense to rest? And I don't mean some news media link.
Tom Baker November 29, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Now how can you compare credibility when you hide behind really. Really I don't care but thanks for clearing up who is responsible. LOL
Really November 29, 2012 at 07:59 PM
It's really just about the facts, isn't it? And all of your misguided opinions have been refuted on the Patch for a couple of years now. So, you can call me, or yourself whatever you want, but the facts are the facts.
Tom Baker November 29, 2012 at 08:12 PM
I'm sorry, did you say something?
Really November 29, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Still haven't come up with anything irrefutable to back your silly posts. Thanks for the witty reparte Mr. Baker. It was real, and it was fun, but it hasn't been real fun. I'm done, believe what you want.
Really November 29, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Excuse me Ms. Anesi and Mr. Baker. That last post is not my style, could you please delete it, and this? Thank you!
Eva November 29, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Really and Baker, why can't either of you come up with the actual bond ratings from Moody's for all of Troy's bonds? Obviously one of you is wrong and possibly both of you. I cannot get into Moody's as I don't have a subscription. Both of you must have one since you are saying you each have the facts. Cite it!
Really November 29, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Eva, http://www.troymi.gov/Finance/ That's the link to the bond rating, at the bottom of the page under .Did you know'. The DDA junk bond rating is in the DDA minutes, near June or July. he contract information came from the City Engineer's Office. You could look back in the Council Minutes history to review the actual contract. The rest of Mr. Baker's views have been disputed here, and proven wrong by far smarter people than I. I'll leave that research up to you. It's easier if you look at some of the postins for Mr. Murrish's blogs, as these same issues are addressed there. I'm done now. Thanks!

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