Regional Transit Authority Kicks-off Master Plan

The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan hosted the official kickoff of its effort to create a regional master plan at a rally at Detroit’s Campus Martius Park.

Some new details about future regional transit were revealed at the event: Woodward, Michigan and Gratiot avenues each will be studied by the RTA over the next year to create a single master plan, termed the Building Equitable Sustainable Transit (BEST).

The Master Plan pieces are:

- Examine the state of the current transit system
- Determine the appropriate mix of transit service to meet the needs of Southeast Michigan
- Recommend future transit service, including new rapid transit and better coordination between the existing providers
- Lay out a realistic funding strategy and the steps needed to make this vision a reality

Ecology Center was present at the historic event, along with partners from several transit and community activist organizations who are committed to working together to ensure that an effective and accessible transit system is created and can thrive in the 4-county region.  

Throughout the RTA planning process, we will be sure to keep you informed about opportunities to engage.