Meetings scheduled for improved transit systems in Southeast Michigan

Mar 29, 2016

A series of public meetings are scheduled over the next month as part of an effort to improve regional transit options in Southeastern Michigan. 

A DDOT bus in Detroit. People have been talking about the need for a regional transit authority for many years.
Credit Sarah Hulett / Michigan Radio

The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) plans to host four open house public meetings to showcase preferred options of reliable transportation in Southeast Michigan. 

The RTA's press release can be found here

“Our current transit system does not offer rapid reliable transit that connects our region,” said Michael Ford, CEO of the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan. “These proposed transit alternatives will positively impact everyone from employees in the region, to those traveling to the various education and entertainment centers.” 

In order to create the most effective routes, the proposed routes are the result of corridor studies and collected public feedback. 

If you are interested in learning more about public transit possibilities in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties, the meeting schedule is listed below. 

Here is the meeting schedule:

  • 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney, 1 Park Ave., Detroit
  • 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at The Collaborative, 21 N. Main St., Mt. Clemens
  • 4-7 p.m.  Thursday at Shinola Ann Arbor, 301 S. Main St. Ann Arbor
  • 10 a.m-12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac

The RTA also included a promotional video for the bus and rail system that would be included in these proposed changes. Ian Thibodeau of MLive.com included the video in his coverage of the upcoming meetings: 

The first meeting is to be held today, March 29th, in downtown Detroit at Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney.