Metropolitan Detroit is highly unusual compared to other leading metropolitan areas because it is a region without regional public transit. But on November 8, people of the four counties of southeast Michigan – Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne – will have a chance to vote in support of an historic regional transit plan to finally bring regional transit to Metro Detroit. The Regional Transit Authority is asking the people of the four-county region to approve a proposal this November that will support a plan to provide critical linkages between people and jobs across the four counties. Find out what makes this a momentous event, and why support for the regional plan is vital.
Join us for a lecture from an international expert on regional transportation policy, followed by a panel discussion of local voices, on the importance of bringing regional transit to Southeast Michigan, hosted by U-M Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
The guest lecture will address key lessons from Atlanta’s experiences with regional transportation policies from Professor Catherine Ross. Professor Ross directs the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development (CQGRD), and she also serves as the Harry West Professor and Advance Professor in the School of City and Regional Planning in the College of Architecture.
Panel Discussion to Follow:
Alexis Blizman, Legislative and Policy Director, Ecology Center
Michael Ford, CEO, Regional Transit Authority
Megan Owens, Executive Director, Transportation Riders United
Moderated by: Joe Grengs, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Taubman College