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RTA: Regional Transit Authority Input Session May 2 in Rochester


RTA: Regional Transit Authority Input Session May 2 in Rochester

Rochester, MI-  The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA) has announced plans to engage Southeast Michigan residents to gather their feedback and opinions to move regional transit forward. Through a series of six community meetings across southeast Michigan and an online survey, the RTA is inviting the public to provide feedback on the Proposed Connect Southeast Michigan Plan. The four-part vision is available online, with a map available here.

“Creating opportunities to engage the community is a crucial step in deciding the next steps for regional transit in Southeast Michigan,” said RTA Board of Directors Chair Paul Hillegonds. “Our regional community members are the most important stakeholder in this process and gathering their input is invaluable. We want to hear from as many people as possible.”

Wayne County Executive Warren Evans has been the champion of the Proposed Connect Southeast Michigan Plan, working with partners and stakeholders across our region as well as RTA staff and consultants to develop a new transit vision. Moving forward the RTA staff and consultants will facilitate the public involvement process for the Proposed Connect Southeast Michigan Plan and ultimately the RTA Board will decide whether this vision will be adopted as an update to the 2016 Regional Master Transit Plan, and to support steps to advance its implementation.


Community meetings are open to all members of the public and will be held in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. Each meeting will include a presentation immediately followed by opportunities for stakeholder feedback. Community members can also engage in the conversation on social media using #RTA2018 and #ConnectSEMichigan.


If special accommodations are needed, please contact Virginia Lickliter at 313-402-1020 within five days of the meeting date. RTA can provide accommodations for those with limited English-speaking ability, persons with disabilities and persons needing auxiliary aids, signers, readers, or large print.

The following meetings remain in our area:

Wednesday, May 2 – North Oakland County

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Rochester Community House

Lewis Room

816 Ludlow Avenue

Rochester, MI 48307


Thursday, May 3 – Macomb County

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Mount Clemens Public Library


150 Cass Avenue

Mt. Clemens, MI 48043


For information about the proposed plan and to take the online survey, visit


From the Proposed Connect Southeast Michigan Plan

The Vision

An effective regional transit system is essential to the economic vitality of Southeast Michigan and the quality of life for our residents. The vision for transit in the region is to go beyond the services and infrastructure we have today to create the foundation for an innovative system for tomorrow.


Since the 2016 transit referendum’s narrow loss, elected, business and philanthropic leaders have worked diligently with transit advocates, outside experts and the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA) to review and update the 2016 Regional Master Transit Plan (RMTP), adopted by the RTA. We began by listening and taking into account the most consistent feedback to the 2016 Master Plan. We heard residents repeatedly ask for the following:

More service in more places;

Local, nontraditional transit service in less urbanized areas;

A seamless customer experience in a system that unifies disparate transit providers;

A larger role for local leaders to influence service in their communities; and

Acknowledgment that technology is evolving, and the mobility systems of today must be flexible enough to evolve during the course of the plan’s implementation.

Connect Southeast Michigan builds on and modifies the 2016 plan with those insights. The plan provides $170 million per year in operations funding (in 2019 dollars) – a total investment of $696 million over 20 years in transit supporting infrastructure – and addresses the feedback to provide a more robust, regional solution to transit and mobility for Southeast Michigan. A voter-approved tax of 1.5 mill in 2018 will raise $5.4 billion over 20 years and leverage an additional $1.3 billion in farebox, state and federal revenues.

Connect Southeast Michigan will connect people to jobs and services efficiently. The plan leverages a holistic regional planning approach to increase efficiency and reduce redundancy. It increases the number of regional “one-seat” rides by upgrading successful routes delivered today. These route upgrades, new regional services and innovative programs will deliver the transit system that our residents deserve, and that our region requires to be truly competitive on the national and global stages. With Connect Southeast Michigan, we will be poised to integrate new technologies and services to compete with – and lead – our peers.


About the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA)

The RTA was created in 2012 to plan for and coordinate public transportation in the four-county Southeast Michigan region, including developing a plan for rapid transit.  It has a 10-member board whose members are appointed for three -year terms by the county executives of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, the chair of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, the Mayor of Detroit, and the Governor of Michigan. The Governor’s appointee serves as chair and without a vote.  For more information, visit


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