DETROIT (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder has given his blessings to legislation creating a Detroit area regional transit authority and a lighting authority for some cities.
Bill signings Wednesday in Detroit also include one that could lead to a new hockey arena for the Detroit Red Wings by allowing the city's Downtown Development Authority to collect tax dollars for use in a $650 million development project planned by team owner Mike Ilitch.
The lighting law allows Detroit and other cities to establish authorities to run their lighting systems and use a utility users' tax to fund repairs.
A transit authority will be able to accept federal funding for transportation projects, notably the proposed M-1 high-speed passenger rail system along Woodward Avenue from downtown Detroit to the city's New Center area.
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