In a joint venture with the city of Troy, the city of Birmingham wants to rebuild the transit center which is actually located in Troy off Coolidge and Maple, but there is a boarding platform on the Birmingham side.
There are a lot of obstacles in the way; debates of the ownership of the land, acquiring new property and the federal grant of 10 million dollars all seem to be causing conflicts in the plan according to a recent article published in the home town life.com community paper by Eccentric staff writer Jay M. Grossman. These problems are so big they could actually kill the project which started in 2000 and would offer easy and convenient access to railways, buses and even offer taxi and black car services. It would make it easier for people to get to their city and get around once in their city which will hopefully boost the economy.
The cities of Troy and Birmingham were paying a law firm $7,500 monthly to lobby for state and federal funds according to a 2009 article published in the Detroit News; that’s a lot of money for a project that may not happen and for funds they may not get.
Since the city of Birmingham is starting to accept the fact that the new transit center may not happen they are now considering what they can do on their side of the tracks to improve or rebuild the platform of the already existing train station. Both cities had big plans and high hopes for the transit center but after 10 years of planning and thousands of dollars spent this project it is still just a dream.