The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan was created in 2012 with the task of orchestrating and enhancing mobility options across Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties.
Through its mobility projects, the RTA aims to improve the quality of life for residents and boost the economic viability of the region. But how does the agency tackle the enormous task of coordinating multiple transit agencies and their projects? And what’s the vision behind their latest Regional Master Transit Plan?
Ferndale mayor Melanie Piana, the new RTA Program Director, joined Detroit Today on Monday to discuss.
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Melanie Piana is serving her final term as the mayor of Ferndale. She says Woodward Moves, the road project designed to increase pedestrian safety in Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge, is wrapping up after a year of construction.
“We’re really about creating people-focused infrastructure, where we’re having safer experiences connecting to, and getting into, our downtown and across both of our communities with safety improvements on the street,” says Piana.
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