Regional Master Transit Plan Process

A foundational step in the planning process is this Southeast Michigan Regional Transit Briefing Book (Briefing Book). The purpose of the Briefing Book is to:

  • Provide the public with a baseline understanding of the existing regional transit system.
  • Share recently completed and ongoing planning efforts to improve the system.
  • Describe the benefits of improved transit to the region’s residents and businesses.
  • Present an updated Vision, Goals, and Strategies for improved regional transit.
  • Set a framework for public engagement.

DRAFT 2021 Regional Transit Briefing Book

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RMTP 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.

2016 Regional Transit Master Plan

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.

Woodward Avenue Locally Preferred Alternative (adopted in November 2015)

Gratiot Avenue Locally Preferred Alternative (adopted in May 2016) 

Michigan Corridor Locally Preferred Alternatives (included Michigan Avenue Bus Rapid Transit, Washtenaw Avenue Bus Rapid Transit, and Regional Rail) (adopted in May 2016) 

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.

2018 Connect Southeast Michigan Strategy

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