After months of negotiation, voters will have their say on a $4.6 billion dollar Regional Transit Plan that would transform public transportation in Southeast Michigan.
After months of negotiations and public meetings, the 1.2-mill, 20-year property tax millage will be placed on the November ballot for voters in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw County. The plan would fund bus rapid transit lines, express service to Detroit Metropolitan Airport, improvements to local bus systems and reestablish the Ann Arbor to Detroit commuter rail. The plan connects transportation services from the Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT), the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART), the Ann Arbor Transit Authority and Downtown Detroit’s People Mover and the Q-Line streetcar launching in 2017. The connector routes include Van Dyke, Fort Street, Grand River, Greenfield, Plymouth, Jefferson, Harper and various mile roads.
M-1 RAIL is a strong advocate for regional transit, helping pass legislation that created the RTA and supporting the ballot initiative this fall. The powerful impact of transit investment can be seen in the development happening along the QLINE route, from residential construction to business expansion. For more information, visit http://www.rtamichigan.org.