Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Wishes of WALLY

The WALLY commuter train proposal, between Howell (in Livingston County) and Ann Arbor (in Washtenaw) bubbles up in the news every few weeks. Since it affects the rail line I'm rooting for (Great Lakes Central Railroad), I keep an eye out for those news bubbles floating around out there. Here's one from the Detroit News titled "Livingston not aboard rail project". The gist is that although folks in Livingston County like the idea - sort-of - they aren't willing to budget any money for it. WALLY champion Mike Cicchella, Northfield Township Supervisor, seems optimistic, admitting that the project is slow to get going due to lack of funding (both from Livingston County and Washington DC). But he's wooing bashful investors with promises of real estate booms, increased tax revenue, and similar facts. Facts which are well known to areas that have experienced the benefits of rail transit, but seem to elude the good burghers of Livingston county. Go, Mike! Wake up, Livingston!

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