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The State of Detroit Area Transit: Limited yet Improving

The State of Detroit Area Transit: Limited yet Improving

The State of Detroit Transit is Improving!

After many years of struggle and decline, public transit is finally starting to get better. It’s far from good enough, with too many people still waiting for late buses or left completely without options. Yet improvements are coming and the future looks bright.

The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is actively planning rapid transit on Woodward, Gratiot, and Michigan Ave, while also evaluating developing a plan to improve transit through the entire four-county region.

DDOT has made major improvements from their horrendous service a year ago. With new buses and drivers, they are finally providing nearly 100% of their scheduled service, with even more improvements to come.

Read on for more information and details of Detroit area transit progress in 2015.

RTA CAC Recommends Changes in Woodward Rapid Transit

Southeast Michigan has a recommended plan for how to build rapid transit on the full 27 mile length of Woodward Avenue! If built, this Bus-Rapid Transit would provide frequent, attractive service to many major destinations along this essential corridor.

Although much of the proposed Woodward BRT follows best-practices of running in dedicated lanes, as currently proposed, the BRT would move off Woodward through midtown Detroit and potentially sharing traffic lanes on Cass and John R instead.

The RTA’s Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) recommends “a Mainline / All-Woodward alignment between Grand Boulevard and Grand Circus Park, running in a dedicated facility.”

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[...]