Birmingham, Troy hire lobbyists to locate funds for transit center

You know they’re serious about a project
when they break out the lobbyists. That’s the case with the
Troy-Birmingham Intermodal Transit Center.

Local leaders have hired Detroit-based Clark Hill
to lobby state and federal lawmakers, government agencies and potential
non-governmental partners for funding for the train station for the
northern extension of the Detroit-Ann Arbor Commuter Rail line.

The
project will build a regional transit center that will serve trains,
buses, bicycles and pedestrians. It will be located in Birmingham’s
Rail District, which is on the city’s border with Troy. Construction is
set to begin in 2010.

A plans to connected a streetcar line to
the station that will also connect downtown Birmingham, Birmgingham’s
Triangle District, the Rail District Sommerset Mall and the planned
Troy Pavillions has also been mentioned.

Source: Clark Hill
Writer: Jon Zemke