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Trump infrastructure plan could include M-1 rail, Gordie Howe Bridge

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Part of 50 projects nationwide

Michelle & Chris Gerard

A leaked memo released by McClatchy reports of 50 Emergency & National Security Projects. According to McClatchy,

“The preliminary list, provided to the National Governor’s Association by the Trump transition team, offers a first glimpse at which projects around the country might get funding if Trump follows through on his campaign promise to renew America’s crumbling highways, airports, dams and bridges. The governor’s association shared that list with state officials in December. The group told the officials the projects on that list were “already being vetted.”

The M-1 rail, which will open this spring, has a $528 million price tag on the document, although the M-1 rail is estimated at $140 million, according to their media fact sheet. The $528 million plan was part of a 2008 Detroit Department of Transportation plan to have a rail line extend down to 8 Mile.

The Gordie Howe Bridge has been in the works for years, but stalled due to land rights on the American side. Michigan Central Station and Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel “Matty” Moroun owns land needed for the American plaza and he does not want this bridge built. The bridge would help the flow of traffic from the US to Canada, as the Ambassador Bridge ends on city streets in Canada.

McClatchy also reports that, “White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said on Wednesday that this more detailed document is “not an official White House document.”

The 50 projects would total a $137.5 billion investment in infrastructure across the U.S.