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Dear Supporter,

There's been talk about rapid transit on Woodward for years. But what about Gratiot?

If you live, work, shop, play, worship, or visit Macomb County or on Detroit's east side, you should know that it's finally Gratiot's turn!

The Regional Transit Authority is undertaking a study of the best way to provide rapid transit along the entire length of Gratiot Ave, Detroit to Mt. Clemens.

You can see their initial findings and help shape plans for Gratiot Rapid Transit at a series of public meetings this week:

  • TOMORROW, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 11am – 3pm

    • at Eastern Market, Shed #5, in Detroit

  • TOMORROW, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 4pm – 7pm

    • at Roseville City Hall, 29777 Gratiot Ave.

  • Thursday, Oct. 1, 4pm – 8pm

    • at Matrix Human Services, 13560 McNichols (just west of Gratiot) in Detroit

Contact the RTA at 313-402-1020 or info@rtamichigan.org with questions or for accessibility requests. 

The RTA is working on Building Equitable Sustainable Transit (BEST) for Gratiot Avenue in order to:

  • Provide residents of the 115,000 households near Gratiot Avenue with attractive transportation choices
  • To enhance and improve transit for the 12,000 existing riders, 45% of whom are going to work and 20% to school
  • To connect people to the shopping, dining, jobs, local businesses and major activity centers along the 23 mile stretch of Gratiot Ave

They need to know the most important places to stop, whether to prioritize speed or accessiblity, what amenities are most key, and other thoughts, ideas, and concerns. 

If you can't make the meetings, you can review project information on their website and share comments and ideas on their online discussion page

Additional regional transit meetings:

RTA will also host a series of meetings about rapid transit along the Michigan Avenue Corridor October 8-14.

  • Thursday, Oct 8, 4-7pm at EMU in Ypsilanti
  • Monday, Oct 12, 4-7pm at Wayne Historical Museum
  • Tuesday, Oct 13, 4-7pm at the Arab American Museum in Dearborn
  • Wednesday, Oct 14, 4-7pm at the Gaelic League in Detroit

Then October 19-24, you can come out to learn options and scenarios for the entire Regional Master Transit Plan for the full 4-county region.

  • Monday, Oct 19, 4-8pm at the Wayne County Community College District's Downriver Campus in Taylor
  • Tuesday, Oct 20, 4-8pm at the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority
  • Wednesday, Oct 21, 4-8pm at The Velocity Center, OU Incubator in Sterling Heights
  • Thursday, Oct 22, 4-8pm at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak
  • Saturday, Oct 24, 9:30am-1:30pm, at the MSU Detroit Center in midtown Detroit

These will be critical opportunities to shape the eventual regional transit plan that will lead transit improvement and investment for decades to come, so mark your calendar!!


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