MARP Meeting in Partnership with TRU
Saturday, March 14, 2020, 10 a.m. – Noon
A Community Conversation About All Things Transit
The Ann Arbor Room
University of Michigan Detroit Center
3663 Woodward Ave, Detroit MI 48201
MARP is joining with Transportation Riders United (TRU) to engage with the community in a discussion of where we stand with transit and rail projects and where we would like to be. Megan Owens, Transportation Riders United (TRU) Executive Director will provide “An Update on Regional Transit in Metro Detroit.” There have been a number of exciting developments in the metro region following the disappointing loss in 2016 of the millage vote to support the Regional Transit Authority Master Plan. With new leadership in Oakland County, area leaders have come together in a new effort to advance the project. Megan will share these new initiatives with us.
Also invited to join the discussion are officials of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (AAATA) and the Regional Transit Authority (RTA). The AAATA will soon launch a pilot program dubbed D2A2 to provide frequent motor coach service between Detroit and Ann Arbor. Viewed in the best light, this could be seen as an interim measure until the long-awaited Detroit-Ann Arbor commuter rail becomes a reality. The RTA is tweaking the plan put forth in 2016 and may go to the voters this fall.
The U of M Detroit Center is located on the corner of Woodward and Mack / MLK Blvd. Access to the adjacent Orchestra Place Parking structure is from Parsons St. There may be street parking nearby, but DO NOT park in the surface lots next to and behind the U of M Detroit Center.
Due to logistics and restrictions placed by the venue, we will not serve refreshments. If you would like to arrive early and meet up with other members, there is a Starbuck’s right across the street. Or continue in that direction on Mack/MLK Blvd to Whole Foods at the other end of the block.
It may be convenient for some to take one of SMART’s FAST buses into midtown: 261 FAST Michigan (park at Dearborn Amtrak), 461/2 FAST Woodward or 561/563 FAST Gratiot.
For excellent information on using the FAST buses go to: https://medium.com/@degiff/fast-bus-by-smart-detailed-route-info-64a7126246ef