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Public meetings on regional transit alternatives to link Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Wayne Counties start March 29

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Want some input into what kind of mass transportation we need in the Detroit region?

You can attend one or all of the four open house public meetings the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) will host this week to showcase preferred options for bringing reliable rapid transit to southeast Michigan.

The meetings kick-off today, Tuesday, March 29, at 4:00 pm at the Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney. Others will be held in Ann Arbor, Mt. Clemens and Pontiac during the week. All meetings will display information on the various modes of transit and how they intersect, a video rendering, planned station locations throughout the four-county area, commuter benefits and more.

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You’ll learn about proposed transit options including rail and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along Michigan Ave. between Detroit and Ann Arbor and BRT along Gratiot Ave. between Detroit and Mt. Clemens. You’ll also find out about the proposed Woodward Ave. BRT project between Detroit and Pontiac.

You can also participate by taking the RTA’s rapid transit poll at

Be sure to check out the experiential, interactive BRT station in the Aloft Detroit lobby.

No matter where you live there will be a meeting for you. Separate public corridor meetings for Michigan Ave., Gratiot Ave. and Woodward Ave. will take place in their respective corridors throughout the week.

Highlights of today’s  public meeting include:

  • A mock transit station with furniture, a bike rack, planters and other shelter elements donated by Landscape Forms
  • A digital real-time next bus display loaned by Daktronics
  • A Vendstar®-e ticket vending machine loaned by Genfare
  • An interactive touch screen transit information kiosk loaned by CHK America

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“Our current transit system does not offer rapid reliable transit that connects our region,” says 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.”

The projected transit options are a result of corridor studies and collected public feedback on the recommended stations locations, positioning of the transit on the road and types of transit to be developed on each route.

The public meetings will serve as the final engagement before the RTA Board of Directors officially adopts the preferred options for Michigan and Gratiot.

Public meeting dates include:

Tuesday, March 29 in Detroit, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney

1 Park Avenue, Detroit 48226

(Experiential, interactive BRT Station will be available to explore)

Wednesday, March 30 in Mt. Clemens, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Collaborative

21 N. Main Street, Mt. Clemens 48043 

Thursday, March 31 in Ann Arbor, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Shinola Ann Arbor

301 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor 48104

Saturday, April 2 in Pontiac, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Crofoot Ballroom

1 S. Saginaw Street, Pontiac 48342

– Pictures taken from Regional Transit Authority video

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