What is the Woodward Avenue Transit Study?
The Woodward Avenue Transit Study is an environmental review of the locally preferred alternative (LPA) that resulted from the Woodward Avenue Rapid Transit Alternatives Analysis (AA), conducted from 2012 to 2014. The LPA recommends bus rapid transit (BRT) along the 27-mile Woodward Avenue corridor from Downtown Detroit to Downtown Pontiac that will operate within the existing right-of-way, servicing 26 stations primarily on Woodward Avenue through 11 communities in Wayne and Oakland Counties.
What is the purpose of the Woodward Avenue Transit Study?
The process is required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to understand impacts of the proposed LPA on human and physical environment. All major infrastructure projects requesting federal funding need to go through this process.
- Analyze potential environmental and historic resource impacts as required by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
- Support the long-term transportation and land use vision of corridor communities, major institutional stakeholders, employers and transportation providers along Woodward Avenue.
- Advance the locally preferred alternative (LPA) into the engineering phase 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 Woodward Avenue Transit Study?
Yes, this process will consult the general public through informational meetings that are open to all in addition to specific meetings with the communities along the corridor. Community meetings will be held throughout the planning process to obtain input from residents, businesses and major institutions. Public input via social media can also be submitted. Community input will have a key role in shaping the study’s recommendations.
Who is leading the Woodward Avenue Transit Study?
The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA).
How is the Woodward Avenue Transit Study being funded?
The study is funded through a grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
When will the Woodward Avenue Transit Study be completed?
In Spring of 2016, the environmental clearance from this process is expected to move the LPA into the engineering phase.
Who will pay for any future public transit systems in the corridor?
A key component of the Woodward 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 Woodward Avenue?
Improved transit will:
- Connect residents to nearly 250,000 jobs along the corridor.
- Link residents and visitors to job centers, neighborhoods
- Create new housing, businesses and mixed-use
- Reduce congestion and improve quality-of-life.
- Encourage a more sustainable environment.