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Community meetings scheduled for new Woodward Avenue Transit Study

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Want to know what transit along Woodward Avenue might look like in the near future? Here’s your chance.

SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, with the assistance of a steering committee representing local communities, is hosting a series of informational meetings as part of the Woodward Avenue Transit Alternatives Analysis (AA).  The meetings will not only give you some hints about what the system could look like, they are also an opportunity for you to get in your two cents.

Area residents, business owners and local government, agency, and community leaders are invited and encouraged to attend. Each meeting will include a short presentation and allow attendees time to speak with project planners and view displays. To make it even better, light refreshments will be served.

Just to catch you up on the lingo, the AA is a comprehensive study designed to assess regional transportation needs and, most specifically, transit options for the 27-mile Woodward Avenue corridor from the Detroit River north to Pontiac. The study area includes the cities of Detroit, Highland Park, Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Huntington Woods, Berkley, Royal Oak, Birmingham, Bloomfield Township, Bloomfield Hills and Pontiac.

SEMCOG is working closely with communities along the corridor on this transit project. It’s funded by a $2 million federal transportation grant, and scheduled for completion in 2014.

Seven meetings will be held in a number of study area cities. You are free to attend any or all of the meetings. The presentation is scheduled 30 minutes after the meeting starts. Here are the times and locations.

    •  Monday, December 3, 5pm-7pm — Berkley and Huntington Woods Residents
      Berkley Community Center, 2400 Robina Ave., Berkley, MI 48072
    • Tuesday, December 4, 11am-1pm — Detroit Business Community and Downtown Employees and Residents SEMCOG, 535 Griswold St., Suite 300, Detroit, MI 48226
    • Tuesday, December 4, 4pm-6pm — Detroit and Highland Park Residen Detroit Police Central District Station, 7310 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202
    • Thursday, December 6, 5pm-7pm — Birmingham and Royal Oak Residents
      Baldwin Public Library, 300 W. Merrill St., Birmingham, MI 48009
    • Tuesday, December 11, 4pm-6pm– Detroit and Highland Park Residents Detroit Palmer Park Police Station, 12th Precinct, 1441 W. 7 Mile Rd., Detroit, MI 4820
    • Wednesday, December 12, 6pm-8 pm — Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge Residents
      Ferndale Library, 222 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale, MI 48220
    • Saturday, December 15, 11am-1pm — Pontiac Residents
      Bowen Senior Citizens Center, 52 Bagley St., Pontiac, MI 48341

Pass this along to family, friends, and coworkers. Regional transit is essential to Detroit’s future. We’re the only major region in the country that doesn’t have a regional transit system. So come on to the meetings and make your thoughts known.

For additional information visit the project Web site at www.woodwardanalysis.com.

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