Oakland County Representative

Helaine Zack served as Oakland County Commissioner for 18 years from 2003-2020, representing the Cities of Ferndale, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Oak Park and the Charter Township of Royal Oak. During her final term in office, Helaine chaired the Finance and Community Home Improvement Committees. As Commissioner, she served on many other Boards, including the Drain Board, the Retirement and Deferred Compensation Board, SEMCOG and the Area Agency on Aging 1B.

Before and while serving as Commissioner, Helaine continued to practice social work in the field of Employee Assistance for almost forty years. Throughout her career, she has been a strong advocate for vulnerable citizens, including seniors and those with mental health and substance abuse problems, and victims of domestic violence and traumatic events. Helaine was also recognized as an Outstanding Advocate by the National Office of Easter Seals Disability Services in 2007. She was named a Taubman Scholar in 2015, which enabled her to attend the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Helaine also received the Volunteer Leadership Award from the Area Agency on Aging 1B in 2019.

Helaine earned both a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan.

Workforce Mobility Equity Report
DRAFT Budget and Business Plan

Please review and provide feedback on the RTA's Fiscal Year Business Plan and Budget by September 9. Comments can be sent to info@rtamichigan.org. The RTA will hold a public hearing for final comments on September 15.

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Workforce Mobility Equity Report
Detroit Workforce Mobility Equity Report

RTA, in partnership with several stakeholders, recently completed a targeted analysis of the job access needs for transportation-insecure Detroiters. The report is available here.

Detroit to Ann Arbor Express Bus Service (D2A2) Has Returned

The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan
(RTA) has announced their Detroit to Ann Arbor Express Bus Service (D2A2), in partnership with
the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide), returned on October 18, 2021. Head to the D2A2 website to purchase fares.

RTA Newsletter Available

In January 2022, the RTA launched a new monthly newsletter to keep the public up to date about our activities. Subscribe to the newsletter here.

Final Plan
Master Plan Executive Summary Available

In December 2021, the RTA Board adopted the updated Regional Master Transit Plan, ADVANCE 2021. This document presents RTA’s strategic agenda for improving transit in Southeast Michigan. This plan looks at existing transit services, recent transit agency accomplishments, ongoing projects, transit markets, travel patterns, and public input to define broad strategies that will help guide the region's transit system toward RTA’s vision. The RTA has an Executive Summary available for review here.

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