The Proposed Plan

The proposed plan will enhance mobility in the region, both today and tomorrow, by connecting more people to more jobs and expanded services. It increases hours and frequency of service on existing successful routes and creates new regional routes and services that our existing transit providers don’t have the resources to provide today.

Each community will have funds to deliver transit service that best meets the mobility needs of their residents for today and create the platform to integrate new technologies and mobility services in the future.

The proposed Connect Southeast Michigan Plan delivers through five key elements:

Key Plan Improvement
  • Limited-stop routes on Gratiot, Woodward and Michigan avenues with 15 minute service 15 hours per day.
  • New one-seat ride-regional routes on Mound/ Van Dyke Road and Grand River Ave. with 24-hour service beyond the city limits into the suburbs. These routes will have service every 15 minutes for 15 hours per day and a bus at least every 30 minutes overnight.
  • Ten upgraded and consolidated cross-county routes with service at least 20 hours per day and a bus at least every 15 minutes during rush hour.
  • Eleven Commuter Express routes with 15 new Park and Ride lots connecting commuters to job centers across the region, such as downtown Detroit, Ann Arbor and the I-696 and M-59 corridors.
  • Four Airport Express routes serving Ann Arbor/ Ypsilanti, Western Oakland County (I-275), Eastern Oakland County (M-39), and Macomb/Wayne Counties (via I-94), including four Park and Ride lots.
  • Eight round trips per day (three morning, two midday, three afternoon) connecting Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Wayne, Dearborn and Detroit.

Hometown Service Program, delivered in 60 communities not serviced by fixed transit routes, will support existing local services by identifying creative mobility solutions where traditional service does not meet the needs of the community.

Core Area Flexible Mobility Program will enhance transit service in communities receiving fixed-route service with traditional, American Disabilities Act complementary paratransit and senior mobility services and first-/last-mile connections to core areas that are not within walking distance.

Example services that individual Hometown Service communities could offer :

  • Volunteer operator grants
  • Ride-sharing partnerships
  • Medical campus connections
  • Technology deployments
  • Autonomous and connected vehicle infrastructure that benefits transit
  • Transit service pilot programs using cutting-edge technology
  • On-demand call-in service expansion
  • Regional corridor connections
  • Volunteer operator grants
  • A universal, single, smart fare card and mobile  app that works for SMART, DDOT,  AAATA, QLine, People Mover, private services allowing you to move seamlessly across the region.  No more transfers required……..one fare card that works for all your rides.
  • Buses that can communicate with traffic signals and move more quickly in and around traffic.
  • Fares that customers can pre-purchase at busy bus stops resulting in faster boarding and reduced travel times.
  • Dedicated transit lanes at select locations.
  • A One-Click/One-Call center to coordinate on-demand transit services.
    Modern transit vehicles with improved security and amenities such as Wi-Fi.
  • A program funding innovative mobility system projects including connected and autonomous vehicle pilots, ride-sharing partnerships and modern transit supportive infrastructure.