House votes to create Detroit-area transit agency

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan House has followed the footsteps of the Senate to approve creation of an authority for public transportation in the Detroit area.

The House voted 57-50 Thursday to establish a transit authority for Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

It's one of several related bills that the Senate approved Nov. 27. The Senate must approve House amendments before the measure can go to Gov. Rick Snyder for signature.

Three related bills still await House action. They would override zoning laws, get voter approval of a vehicle fee and create dedicated lanes for rapid buses.

An authority could accept federal funding for transportation projects, notably the proposed M-1 high-speed passenger rail system along Woodward Avenue from downtown Detroit to the city's New Center area.

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