What is the Gratiot Avenue Transit Study?

The Gratiot Avenue Transit Study is a planning initiative led by the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA) to evaluate and determine the best public transit mode(s) to connect Macomb and Wayne county communities along the Gratiot Avenue corridor. The study area extends from downtown Detroit to M-59 north of downtown Mt. Clemens.

What is the purpose of the Gratiot Avenue Transit Study?

It will:

  • Evaluate a wide range of alternatives to connect Wayne and Macomb Counties with modern, efficient, and attractive public transit services
  • Support the long-term transportation and land use vision of corridor communities, major institutional stakeholders, employers and transportation providers along Gratiot Avenue.
  • Select the best transit solutions to develop as a Locally Preferred Transit Alternative (LPA) for inclusion in the RTA’s Regional Master Transit Plan and in the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) long range transportation plan that will include alignment, station locations, and cross sections.
  • Analyze and identify potential locations along the corridor for a new transit center and park-and-ride facilities.

Will the public have a say in the Gratiot Avenue Transit Study?

Yes, this planning initiative will be transparent and inclusive of the communities along the corridor. Planners are meeting with local leadership of the cities, counties, townships along the corridor, including state officials. Additionally, community meetings will be held throughout the planning process to obtain input from residents, businesses and major institutions. We also have digital tools at www.rtamichigan.org where public input can be submitted. Community input will have a key role in shaping the study’s recommendations.

Who is leading the Gratiot Avenue Transit Study?

The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA).

How is the Gratiot Avenue Transit Study being funded?

The study is funded through a grant from the Federal
Transit Administration (FTA).

When will the Gratiot Avenue Transit Study be completed?

In spring of 2016 the study will result in an RTA recommendation for
a transit alternative that meets the needs of corridor communities.

Who will pay for any future public transit systems in the corridor and its maintenance?

A key component of the Gratiot Avenue Transit Study is to thoroughly review and evaluate all possible funding sources for funding future public transit service in the corridor.

How will the community benefit from improved transit on Gratiot Avenue?

Improved transit will:

  • Connect residents to the many jobs along the corridor.
  • Link residents and visitors to job centers, neighborhoods
    and businesses.
  • Create new housing, businesses and mixed-use
    development opportunities.
  • Reduce congestion and improve quality-of-life.
  • Provide alternative modes of transportation for those living near the corridor and those commuting to the corridor for work.
  • Encourage a more sustainable environment.