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detroit-regional-chamber-regional-collaboration.jpgPublic corridor meetings to begin tomorrow, March 29 at Aloft Detroit in The David Whitney

The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) will host four open house public meetings to showcase preferred options for bringing reliable rapid transit to southeast Michigan.  The meetings will kick-off tomorrow, Tuesday, March 29th in downtown Detroit at the Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney. 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.

Meeting attendees will learn about proposed transit options including rail and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along Michigan Avenue between Detroit and Ann Arbor and BRT along Gratiot Avenue between Detroit and Mt. Clemens. Next steps for the proposed Woodward Avenue BRT project between Detroit and Pontiac will also be displayed. The public can also participate by taking the RTA’s rapid transit poll at www.rtamichigan.org/poll/.

An experiential, interactive BRT station will be set up in the Aloft Detroit lobby for guests to explore. Separate public corridor meetings for Michigan Avenue, Gratiot Avenue and Woodward Avenue will take place in their respective corridors throughout the week.

Highlights of tomorrow’s downtown Detroit 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 and an interactive touch screen transit information kiosk loaned by CHK America.

“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.”

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

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