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Wayne County executive says region 'desperately' needs transit system

Warren Evans supports RTA's $4.6B plan

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DETROIT – Wayne County Executive Warren Evans is in full support of the Regional Transit Authority's $4.6 billion plan for a transit system connection his county to Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties. 

Evans released a statement after the RTA unveiled its plan Tuesday morning: 

Southeast Michigan needs a better regional transit system that connects Wayne County with our neighboring Macomb, Oakland and Washtenaw counties. The detailed and comprehensive master plan released by the RTA of Southeast Michigan is the solution and foundation for that connected, reliable regional transit system we so desperately need. In other regions around the country, significant economic development is occurring around transit like this. Southeast Michigan, Wayne County and our communities and residents will benefit from the rapid transit bus routes across county lines, specialized services for seniors and people with disabilities and commuter rail that will connect people to jobs, opportunities and services and spur economic development that works for and benefits all in the region."

The RTA has spent the past year developing this plan to connect Wayne, Washtenaw, Oakland and Macomb counties with a transit system. The $4.6 billion master plan spans 20 years, beginning in 2017, with the majority of the system being created in the first five years of development. 

Watch: Transit system plan for Detroit area explained


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