RTA Board to vote on master transit plan for southeastern Michigan

Approval would place master plan on November ballot


DETROIT – The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA) Board of Directors will vote on the draft Regional Master Transit Plan at their July board meeting.

Board approval at this meeting would place the proposed RTA Master Plan on the November 2016 ballot for voters in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. 

View: RTA unveils ambitious public transit plan for southeast Michigan

The meeting will be called to order at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan Offices:

Executive Board Room
1001 Woodward Ave. - Suite 1400
Detroit, MI 48226

From the RTA: 

When implemented, the RTA Master Plan will create a wide-ranging regional public transportation network to connect the residents of Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.  The proposal has been developed as a comprehensive plan to create a rapid, reliable, regional public transportation network for Southeast Michigan to end its status as the largest metropolitan region in the country without true regional transportation.

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

The RTA wants the system to work with existing regional transportation services including the Detroit Department of Transportation, the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation, the Ann Arbor Transit Authority and Downtown Detroit's People Mover. The M-1 Rail streetcar (Q-Line), which is planned to open in 2017, will be folded into the RTA in 2024. 

Who is paying for this?

According to the RTA, the millage required to implement the $4.6 billion master plan is proposed as a 20-year millage (2017-2036) at 1.2 mills. This millage would be applied in addition to other possible state and federal funding sources, and would be about $7.92 per month for the average home in southeast Michigan. 

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