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Detroit City Council in the US has unanimously approved construction and operating agreements for the M-1 Rail project.

As per the agreements, M-1 Rail will begin construction on the 3.3 mile-long streetcar project in July this year.

The proposed streetcar route will include 20 stations and will serve the largest job centres in Detroit, as well as popular destinations in the city.

It will link Congress Street, Campus Martius, Grand Circus Park, Foxtown, Sibley Street, Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd, Canfield Street, Warren Avenue, Ferry Street, Amsterdam, Amtrak and West Grand Boulevard.

According to M-1 Rail president and CEO Matthew Cullen, the project will also provide a foundation for improved and expanded public transit across the region, while creating construction and permanent jobs.

"The M-1 Rail project is officially set in motion."

"With Detroit City Council’s unanimous approval of construction and operating agreements today, the M-1 Rail project is officially set in motion," Cullen said.

Meanwhile, M-1 Rail will launch a public information campaign to prepare residents, businesses and patrons throughout the Woodward corridor for upcoming construction.

The passenger service on the route is expected to begin in late 2016.

Image: The proposed light rail line along M-1 (Woodward Avenue) in Detroit, Michigan. Photo: courtesy of Eisbrenner Public Relations.