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After Detroit killed light rail plans and private investors resurrected a plan for a shorter line (People Mover 2.0) we were told we'd have answers in 90 days. Yesterday we learn that that deadline was "informal." Which is to say it sounds like this is going to drag out a bit. "M1 Rail's organizers will themselves decide whether to pursue their $125 million project or scrap it, said the effort's CEO, Matt Cullen." The city is not involved in the effort and Cullen says M1 has $80 million in commitments. They are currently trying to get commitments from businesses that backed out and courting $25 million from the federal government. So to recap, light rail's RSVP for Detroit went from yes to no to yes to maybe we'll stop by but we might not stay. [Crain's]