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Detroit's People Mover is over budget and behind schedule

The vision was as elevated as the track that loops as high as 45 ft. above the city's streets: an inexpensive monorail that would help revive Detroit's demoralized downtown by shuttling people from offices to hotels, restaurants and apartment complexes. But the reality has gone way off track: the 2.9-mile automated rail system known as the Detroit People Mover, originally planned to open this month, is behind schedule, over budget, shoddily built and, critics say, unnecessary. Many Detroiters, whose only other public transportation is a creaky bus system, scorn the People Mover as "a rich folks' roller coaster." Says Ralph Stanley,...

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