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Transit Updates: Public Hearing Scheduled; Challenge for Commuters

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Speak up for public transit in Detroit!

Rosa Parks Transit Center
Michelle & Chris Gerard

The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is holding two public hearings for input on express service along Woodward and Gratiot Avenues with limited stops that will provide greater connection between the city and the suburbs without the need to transfer. The date, times, and locations for the hearings will be (note: new location for 5:00pm hearing):

Wednesday, May 25th

  • [12:00pm – 2:00pm] St. James Church, 241 Pearson St, Ferndale
  • [5:00pm – 7:00pm] Eastern Market (Shed 5), 2934 Russell St, Detroit

Earlier in the month, the RTA hosted two workshops along the corridors, one on each route, to allow the public to learn more about the proposed services. Attendees had the opportunity to talk to planners and provide their feedback on the service as it was being drafted.

A Coalition for Transit (ACT) has challenged commuters in Metro Detroit to use public transportation to get to work to see how long it takes. Can you do it in 90 minutes or less? Speak up with #Act2Connect.

"This challenge is about illuminating the unfortunate disconnect between Southeast Michigan’s four counties and the issues it presents for people getting to work, essential appointments and a variety of other opportunities," said Kelly Rossman-McKinney, ACT spokesperson. "Our local providers provide reliable service to many across Southeast Michigan; however, many jobs and neighborhoods in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties cannot be reached due to the lack of a frequent, coordinated regional transit system. We’ve underfunded and underinvested for too long. In fact, less than a quarter of jobs in Southeast Michigan currently can be reached in less than 90 minutes using public transit."

And in case you missed it earlier this month, the Penske Tech Center opened, signalling another milestone in the development of the M-1 (QLINE) rail.

What do see as the biggest issues facing public transit in Detroit?