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M1 Rail chief Cullen: The right people are in the room, money is there

If timing isn't everything, then money and leaders probably play a major part, too. All three of those stars are aligning for Detroit's M1 Rail light rail project along Woodward Avenue.


At the Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP) annual meeting earlier this month, transit was certainly on the agenda. A clip from Blueprint America: Beyond the Motor City, a PBS special that first aired nationwide on February 8 and will re-air locally in April, was shown, and director Aaron Woolf said a few words. Many of the other speakers, from Mayor Dave Bing to DDP president Ann Lang also touched on the subject, but it was the primary focus of Matt Cullen's time on the podium. Cullen, you might remember, had a big hand in the development of the Detroit RiverWalk from his position at General Motors and has now made a move over to Quicken Loans, where he is tasked with shepherding the privately financed M-1 Rail project to fruition.

Model D thought it was time to catch our readers up on the project, so we had a little phone chat with Cullen.

Model D: Can you spell out where the M-1 Woodward light rail project currently stands?

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