A2: Rail

Crain’s Detroit Business reports that the organizers of the potential Detroit-Ann Arbor commuter rail could know by next week whether federal funding will come through for the project. Organizers have asked for $200 million in federal funds from the Federal Rail Administration. If built, the project would run four daily round trips, potentially starting by the end of 2011. Carmine Palombo, director of transportation planning for the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), a regional planning agency, said that three locomotives and nine passenger cars are being refurbished and painted – the livery colors are green, yellow and blue. [Source]