What is the Michigan Avenue Corridor Study?

The Michigan Avenue Corridor Study is a planning study led by the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA) to evaluate and determine the BEST public transit options for linking Wayne and Washtenaw county communities along Michigan Avenue, Washtenaw Avenue, and connections to Metro Airport. The Study Area extends from downtown Detroit to downtown Ann Arbor and includes existing and proposed passenger railroad stations.

What is the purpose of the Michigan Avenue Corridor Study?

It will:

  • Identify transit alternatives that better meet the needs of Study Area travelers and communities;
  • Support the long-term transportation and land use vision of Corridor communities, major institutional stakeholders, employers and transportation providers; and
  • 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.

Will the public have a say in the Michigan Avenue Corridor Study?

Yes, this planning initiative will be transparent and inclusive of the communities along the Corridor. Planners are meeting with local leadership of the Study Area cities and townships. 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 Michigan Avenue Corridor Study?

The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA)

How is the Michigan Avenue Corridor Study being funded?

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

When will the Michigan Avenue Corridor 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?

A key component of the Michigan Avenue Corridor Study planning initiative 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 along the Corridor?

  • Connects 300,000 Study Area residents to the region
  • Connects the region to 300,000 jobs along the Corridor;
  • Links residents and visitors to employment and transportation centers, education, services, neighborhoods and businesses;
  • Catalyzes new housing, businesses and mixed-use development projects;
  • Reduces congestion and improves quality-of-life;
  • Provides alternatives for airport access; and
  • Encourages a more sustainable environment.