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Detroiters Urge City Council To Act On DIFT
Decision Wednesday On Proposed Opposition
In a letter released today by Communities for a Better Rail Alternative
(CBRA), the Detroit City Council was strongly urged to oppose the proposed
Detroit Intermodal Freight Terminal (DIFT) in
The letter urging support for Cockrel’s
resolution in opposition to the DIFT said the scale of the 840-acre DIFT
proposal is so vast as to permanently alter the character of the southwest
“With a supportive vote you will be sending MDOT a strong message that the Department must seriously consider scaling back the scope of the project and designing it so that there are real benefits to our communities,” the letter stated. “It is important to send this message now as MDOT is in the early stages of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process and so the environmental impacts of any alternative proposals can be fully evaluated in the EIS."
CBRA’s letter goes on to cite the impact of
16,000 additional trucks a day projected by MDOT to travel through southwest
The City Council is scheduled to take up Cockrel’s resolution when it meets Wednesday at at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center. The Detroit City Planning Commission has already gone on record in opposition to the DIFT.