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Detroit to get $25m for rail system

DETROIT — The US government plans to spend $25 million on a light-rail system through the heart of Detroit, a development federal, state, and local leaders said Friday will finally allow the city to join the many other major urban centers that have had mass transit operations for decades.

‘‘We’re the only place that didn’t have this,’’ Governor Rick Snyder said at a morning news event, adding that 24 attempts have been made over the past 40 years to develop a modern public transit system in Detroit.

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