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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.


A powerful case for transit and call-to-action from Wayne County Exec Warren Evans

Tuesday night, Warren Evans gave one of the most compelling and well-reasoned transit speeches this region has ever heard. Here are a few highlights of his State of the County address: Transit is the intersection of moral and economic imperatives.... While the moral reasons, alone, should move[...]

3-Part Strategy for Great Transit Investment

With lots of news and uncertainty about the future of regional transit, TRU asked our members and allies what they thought our strategy should be. Dozens of people replied and a clear consensus developed: What Could/Should Be Next for Regional Transit Plan A:  The best solution is a full four-cou[...]