Regional Transit Master Plan

RTA envisions a region with sufficient and stable funding to support improved public transit options that will advance equity by increasing accessibility; satisfy the integrated mobility needs of Southeast Michigan communities; and promote livable, healthy, and sustainable growth. In order to develop a strategic agenda, and to coordinate ongoing and future planning activities, RTA releases yearly updates to the Regional Transit Master Plan (RTMP). 

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Plan Highlights

Top Ten Strategies

The RTA has identified 10 core strategies to carry out its goals to Fund, Improve, Expand, Innovate, and Sustain transit service in Southeast Michigan. 

Transit Trends and Overview

The RTA explores the top trends, challenges, and opportunities in the region and nationally. 

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Vision for the future

The RTA considers future directions and services for the region—subject to the availability of funding. 

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RTMP History

The original RMTP was approved in August 2016. The 2016 RMTP was a fiscally constrained 20-year master plan with a total recommended investment of $4.6 billion. That plan led to 1.2 mil property tax levy request on the November 2016 ballot. That initiative was narrowly defeated. 

The RMTP was paired with the development of five major regional corridor investments projects. These culminated in adopted Locally Preferred Alternatives for all five corridors. 

The last several years have included robust discussions on how to best update the 2016 RMTP. This included the developed the draft Connect Southeast Michigan strategy. This effort represented several important advancements in our regional transit discussion. These included more services in more places, investment programs to support local services in less urbanized areas, and programs to support the integration of new technologies to modernize the transit system.

The RTA took a new approach to the RTMP during the pandemic, receiving an outpouring of feedback that was factored into an updated RTMP. Between May and September 2021, RTA heard from over 4,370 people through the following methods: 

  • Nine virtual open houses 
  • Over a dozen targeted listening sessions 
  • Online survey 
  • General public survey 
  • Transit rider survey 

ADVANCE 2021 became RTA’s foundational RTMP. 

RTA completed a strategic analysis of major regional transit corridors and their competitiveness for FTA’s Capital Investment Grant program. TheRegional Transit Corridor Strategy report lays out that analysis and a strategy for moving forward with implementing these corridors in partnership with the transit providers and MDOT.