Transportation Riders United

About Transit

Public transit in southeast Michigan is provided by several agencies: bus-bus-PM

  • DDOT

    The City of Detroit runs local bus service throughout Detroit


    SMART buses link suburbs to each other and Detroit (during rush hours only)

  • People Mover
    Red Wing fans boarding the Tunnel Bus

    Red Wing fans boarding the Tunnel Bus

    Elevated rail service that circulates around downtown Detroit, operated by the Detroit Transportation Corporation

  • Transit Windsor

    Operates a cross-border service through the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel

  • The Ride

    Ann Arbor Area Transit Authority operates the local public transit system for the greater Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area

  • AmtrakAmtrak in winter

    Three trains a day linking Chicago, Kalamazoo, Jackson, Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Detroit, Royal Oak and Pontiac

The Regional Transit Authority was created by state law in December 2012 to coordinate, oversee and improve transit for Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties, including Detroit.

  • The RTA coordinates and oversees existing transit providers throughout the region, including DDOT, SMART, the People Mover, and AAATA.  It does NOT replace or take over existing agencies.
  • The RTA is directed to study, plan, fund, and operate a Rapid Transit service along Woodward, Gratiot, and other major corridors.
  • The RTA is overseen by a Board of Directors appointed by the County Executives and Detroit’s Mayor.
  • The RTA is supported and advised by a Citizens Advisory Committee and a Providers Advisory Committee.
  • The RTA can propose to the voters new funding for regional transit during even year November elections.


Regional Transit Update: A Success, Some Progress, but More Delays

Regional Transit Update: A Success, Some Progress, but More Delays

The battle for regional transit in southeast Michigan has been quite a roller coaster this spring, and this week more than most! Here's a recap: 1) Success at the Oakland County Commission:  A bi-partisan majority of the Oakland County Commission signed on in support of letting the people decide o[...]
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Act now to demand regional leaders Let The People Vote!

Should two men be able to veto transit for 4 million people? That’s what Oakland County Exec Brooks Patterson and Macomb County Exec Mark Hackel are trying to do. They say that voters in their counties don’t want expanded regional transit, that SMART provides everything they need, and that the RTA [...]