Thursday, October 21, 2010

WALLY train denied $25 million

I hope this puts the proposed boondoggle to rest.

From the Argus

The planned Washtenaw and Livingston Line between Howell and Ann Arbor on Wednesday lost a bid for $25 million in federal funds to get the commuter railroad up and running.

It was the second time WALLY has been rejected for Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery funding through the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The first failed TIGER application was for $32.4 million.
The grant would have allowed a WALLY startup date to be set, but losing the contest won’t hinder WALLY’s progress, said Michael Benham, rail coordinator for the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority. The authority oversees the WALLY project.
“The timeline has always been uncertain just because of funding. Startup can only occur with the completion of the funding package,” Benham said. “It’s really hard to speculate when that will be.”

The pushers for WALLY aren't done looking for more government subsidies for their project and we all need to stay alert so this boondoggle doesn't waste our money. We can't afford this, and this won't even come close to paying for itself.

1 comment:

Communications guru said...

Too bad we didn’t have a Congressman like John Dingell who brings economic development projects like WALLY to the area. Instead, we are stuck with ineffective representation with Rogers. We can’t afford not to invest in such a great and needed project.