Authority Starts Work On Detroit-Area Transit Plan

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Artist rendering of the Woodward Light Rail. (Credit: m-1rail.com)

Artist rendering of the Woodward Light Rail. (Credit: m-1rail.com)

LANSING (AP) - A 10-member board has started work on coordinating public transportation in parts of southeastern Michigan.

The state’s Licensing and Regulatory Affairs office says an orientation workshop was held Thursday by the Michigan Regional Transit Authority Governing Board.

The board is expected to develop a master transit plan for Detroit and Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties. An authority also could accept federal funding for projects, notably the proposed M-1 high-speed passenger rail system along Woodward Avenue from downtown Detroit to the city’s New Center area.

Its ultimate goal is to develop a bus rapid transit service that uses four main traffic corridors.

Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation last year that established the authority. He said in a statement that regional transit “can become the backbone that supports” economic revival.

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