RTA kicks off work on master plan this week

May 10, 2015

Credit Sarah Hulett / Michigan Radio

Metro Detroit's Regional Transit Authority is taking a step toward a coordinated mass transit system for the region.

The RTA is expected to announce how it will go about developing a master plan.

The idea is to put a tax levy on the 2016 ballot to pay for whatever that master plan calls for.

Most likely, it will be a system of buses that can travel at high speeds in dedicated lanes. 

“This is really an opportunity for folks in the four counties to give us input. This is going to be a plan for the immediate future and more of the long-term, and we want to get it right,” said RTA CEO Michael Ford.

Metro Detroit is one of the few urban areas in the country without a regional mass transit system.