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Local officials discussing light rail systems for Ann Arbor

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Plans for a light rail system linking parts of Ann Arbor are being discussed by city and local transportation officials.

The Ann Arbor News reports that details were released Wednesday at the University of Michigan.

The Ann Arbor Connector could cost $500 million to $700 million and would run through downtown Ann Arbor, the university's central and north campuses and the school's medical center.

University planner Sue Gott said in a statement that the system would provide "better transit access to downtown, important U-M destinations and job centers, and reducing dependence on adding more parking in core areas."

The costs would be paid through federal and state dollars, university funding and other sources.

The project is in the early planning stage.

Public meetings are scheduled for March 24.

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