The executive committee of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, or SEMCOG, which oversees the region's transit plans, voted last week to switch to a new funding formula that will mean the loss of significant funding for Detroit.

The new funding formula will direct 51.5% of $41 million of federal dollars to the suburban SMART bus system and 48.1% of the money to the Detroit Department of Transportation. The previous formula had given 65% to Detroit and 35% to the suburban bus system. That system had been in place for decades, according to local reports.

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