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Regional Rapid Mass Rail Proposal Is On Track

May 31, 2016

Conan Smith is the Executive Director of Metro Matters and a Washtenaw County Commissioner.
Credit Lisa Barry

The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan has unveiled its new master plan for a rapid public transportation system.

The proposal calls for expanding rail and bus systems and connecting Washtenaw, Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne Counties.

I talked with the Executive Director of Metro Matters and Washtenaw County Commissioner Conan Smith about what this could mean for the community.


The proposed plan.
Credit RTA

The RTA Board of Directors will vote in mid-July to put a 1.2 millage proposal to raise over $2 billion to fund the system on the November ballot.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu