Troy council reverses stand, OKs transit center

TROY (AP) -- The Troy City Council has reversed course and approved a scaled-back transportation center in the Detroit suburb.

The council's decision follows its 4-3 rejection Dec. 19 of a transit center with $8.5 million in federal funding.

Councilman Wade Fleming voted no in December but voted yes for the revised $6.3 million plan Tuesday night.

Supporters say the center is a key to improving mass transportation in the region. Planning began a decade ago.

Mayor Janice Daniels says she and some council members made election pledges to block the transit center, which opponents say wastes tax dollars.

U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, says the center will provide access to new high speed Amtrak passenger service and transfer points to SMART bus services, taxis and other transit options.

Published: Thu, Jan 19, 2012