Snyder, Bing and LaHood meet on Detroit light-rail

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Progress is being made on a light-rail project that would connect Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit to the New Center Area but there are a handful of sticking points.

Backers of the project have already raised most of the $137 million to fund the project but they need the federal government to kick in up to $40 million.

All parties met today at city hall, including Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.

Supporters of the light-rail project say it will help promote economic development, and a vibrant downtown.

Congressman Hansen Clarke says today's meeting was contentious with the federal government yet to sign off on funding.

The government is concerned about the actual costs and future management of the system.

All sides will meet again in 60 days to hammer out details.

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