Regional Transit Authority

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Area served Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor, MI
Founded December 2012

Established in December 2012, the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is composed of the southeastern Michigan counties of Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne, providing financial analysis and transit planning for the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, Detroit Department of Transportation, Detroit Transportation Corporation, M-1 Rail and Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation. It is currently governed by a 10-member board, controlled by CEO Michael Ford.

Initially, the RTA's web presence was through a single bare-bones (and primarily outdated) page on the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments website, but in December 2014, a new website separate from SEMCOG was launched.

Agencies

RefleX

Logo used for the RefleX services.

RefleX was the brand for pseudo-BRT routes operated by the RTA in conjunction with DDOT and SMART. Operating along Woodward and Gratiot Avenues, RefleX routes crossed the Detroit city limits into the northern suburbs at all times with no transfers or boarding restrictions while offering late-night and midday service not easily available on both corridors. Unlike conventional BRT systems, RefleX operateed in mixed traffic and never had almost all of the offerings of these BRT systems.

Service along Woodward began on September 3, 2016; and Gratiot service began two days later on September 5. Gratiot service was discontinued on January 1, 2018 and replaced with the SMART-operated Fast Gratiot. Woodward service temporarily continued in tandem with SMART-operated Fast Woodward, but was eventually also discontinued on April 21, 2018.

All-time fleet roster

Fleet
number(s)
Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Destination sign Seating Terminal Notes
1018, 1020
Bicycle rack equipped bus
March-May 2010 NFI D40LF Cummins ISL Allison B400R Luminator Horizon 39 American Seating InSight Shoemaker
  • Operated by DDOT
  • Transferred back to conventional DDOT operation upon discontinuation of Reflex Woodward service.
1209
Bicycle rack equipped bus
Detroit Department of Transportation 1209-a.jpg January-March 2012 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R Luminator Horizon 39 American Seating InSight Shoemaker
  • Operated by DDOT
  • Transferred back to conventional DDOT operation upon discontinuation of Reflex Woodward service.
1401, 1408
Bicycle rack equipped bus
Detroit Department of Transportation 1408-b.jpg December 2014-February 2015 NFI XD40 Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R Luminator Horizon 40 4ONE Aries 4MA Shoemaker
  • Operated by DDOT
  • Transferred back to conventional DDOT operation upon discontinuation of Reflex Woodward service.
3648-3651
Bicycle rack equipped bus
April-July 2016 Gillig BRT 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL9 Allison B400R Luminator Horizon 38 American Seating Vision Macomb
  • Operated by SMART
  • Transferred back to conventional SMART operation upon discontinuation of Reflex Gratiot service.

Master Plan

The Master Plan (prefixed BEST during the planning stage) is an initiative to significantly improve transit in the Detroit and Ann Arbor areas. First published on May 31, 2016; it includes proposals for such projects as Bus Rapid Transit lines along Woodward, Gratiot, Michigan and Washtenaw Avenues; MiTrain service between Detroit and Ann Arbor; cross-county connectors on certain major roads, and express bus routes to Metro Airport. The first proposal to implement the Master Plan, on November 8, 2016, was defeated by around 18,000 votes.

Agency Bus Roster Summary

Current as of November 2016.

Bus Model AAATA DDOT SMART TOTAL
Gillig - BRT 35' 4 4
Gillig - BRT 40' 53 77 130
Gillig - LF 35' 13 44 57
Gillig - LF 40' 33 46 79 158
NFI - D40LF 202 27 229
NFI - DE60LF 2 2
NFI - XD40 60 60
NFI - XDE40 10 10
NFI - XD60 10 10
TOTAL 103 328 229 660

External Links

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Projects
Current Projects Master Plan - M-1 Rail - MiTrain
Former Pre-RTA Projects SEMCOG Regional Transit Plan - RTCC Transit Service Plan
Southeast Michigan and Far Southwest Ontario Agencies
Ann Arbor
Port Huron
Chatham-Kent
Detroit bus
Detroit People Mover
Monroe
Leamington
Detroit M-1 Rail
Detroit M-1 Rail
RTA
Sarnia
Detroit suburbs
Tecumseh
Windsor
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Vehicles
Current 411-424, 425-429, 430-444, 445-449, 450-456, 457-460, 461-470, 471-481, 482-486, 487-490, 491-497, 498-501, 502-504, 505-513, 514-520, 521-522, 523-525
Routes
Current 3, 4, 5, 6, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 60, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 91, 92, 98
Southeast Michigan and Far Southwest Ontario Agencies
Ann Arbor
Port Huron
Chatham-Kent
Detroit bus
Detroit People Mover
Monroe
Leamington
Detroit M-1 Rail
Detroit M-1 Rail
RTA
Sarnia
Detroit suburbs
Tecumseh
Windsor
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Vehicles
Current Low Floor 1001-1050, 1201-1242, 1400-1430, 1500-1508, 1519-1538, 1700-1728, 1800-1829, 3900-3959, 4100-4220
Current LF Hybrid 1243-1246, 1509-1518
Current LF Articulated 1539-1548
Former 001-002, 1001-1148, 1201-1251, 1300-1369, 1370-1410, 1501-1605, 1701-1717, 1801-1874, 1900-1999, 2000-2084, 2521-2534, 3000-3120, 3001, 3002-3006, 3200-3232, 3250-3282, 3290-3299, 3300-3328, 3500-3599, 3600-3617, 3700-3799, 3800-3859, 3975-3989, 4000-4024, 8900-8913
Routes
ConnectTen Routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Downtown Routes 16, 18, 19, 23, 27, 29, 31, 40, 52, 67
North-South Routes 12, 13, 30, 41, 46, 54, 60, 68
East-West Routes 11, 15, 17, 32, 38, 39, 43, 47
Express/Direct Routes 42, 80, 89, 92, 95, 96, 99
Former Local Routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (1974-1988), 5 (1996-2002), 6, 8, 20, 24, 26 (1974-88), 26 (1997-98), 28, 33 (1974-1988), 33 (1997-2005), 35 (1999-2005), 35 (1974-88), 36, 42, 44, 51, 52, 66, 99
Former Express Routes 70 (1974-88), 71 (1974-88)/70 (1988-2005, 2008-09), 72, 73, 74 (1974-88)/71 (2008-09), 75 (1974-88)/74 (2008-09), 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88 (1974-88)/73 (2008-09), 94, 97, 498
1994-95 Suburban Routes 125, 130, 150, 495
Facilities
Transit Centers Downtown Detroit, Fairlane Town Center Hub, Eastland Center Transit Center, Northland Center Hub, Rosa Parks Transit Center, State Fairgrounds Transit Center
Loops Brennan Loop, Pierson Loop, Wayburn Loop, Wyoming Loop
Terminals Coolidge Terminal (inactive), Gilbert Terminal, Shoemaker Terminal
Bus Stops 1-999, 1000-1999, 2000-2999, 31000-3999, 4000-4999, 5000-5999, 6000-6999, 7000-7999, 8000-8999, 9000-9999, 10000-10999
Timelines
History 1974-1983, 1984-1993, 1994-2003, 2004-2013, 2014-present
Southeast Michigan and Far Southwest Ontario Agencies
Ann Arbor
Port Huron
Chatham-Kent
Detroit bus
Detroit People Mover
Monroe
Leamington
Detroit M-1 Rail
Detroit M-1 Rail
RTA
Sarnia
Detroit suburbs
Tecumseh
Windsor
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Vehicles
Diesel Low Floor 3019-3020, 3601-3659, 3701-3780, 3801-3845, 6001-6039, 23301-23357
Hybrid Low Floor 3003-3005, 3006-3008, 3009-3018
Hybrid LF Articulated 3001-3002
Former 2101-2140, 9001-9033, 9201-9223, 9224-9225, 9301-9367, 9368-9369, 9370-9393, 9401-9423, 9501-9532, 9901-9920, 22301-22348, 22416-22460, 22349-22415, 95300-95384
Support Fleet Various numbers
Routes
Fast 261, 461 & 462, 561, 562, & 563
Main Corridor Routes 125, 200, 450, 460, 510, 560, 610
Community Routes 160, 280, 400, 415, 420, 430, 494, 495, 550, 567, 615, 752, 753, 756
Crosstown Routes 140, 250, 275, 330, 405, 710, 730, 740, 760, 780
Commuter Routes 255, 445, 465, 515, 530, 580, 620, 635
Park & Ride Routes 805, 830, 849, 851
School Routes 566
Former Regular Routes 110, 130, 135, 145, 150, 165, 185, 190, 201, 202, 240, 245, 260, 265, 285, 295, 297, 305, 315, 385, 410, 435, 440, 470, 475, 486, 488, 498, 499, 525, 540, 559, 565, 598 & 599, 625, 630, 750, 751, 754, 755, 757, 758, Gateway Express, Pistons Express
Former School Routes 112, 196, 203, 209
Former Park & Ride Routes 810 & 820, 835, 865
1994-95 Detroit Routes 25, 37
Facilities
Passenger Downtown Detroit, Fairlane Town Center Hub, Great Lakes Crossing Transportation Center, John D. Dingell Transit Center, Lakeside Mall Hub, Macomb Mall Hub, Northland Center Hub, OCC Orchard Ridge Campus Hub, Oakland Mall Hub, Phoenix Center Hub, Royal Oak Transit Center, Rosa Parks Transit Center, State Fairgrounds Transit Center, Somerset Collection South Hub, Southland Center Hub, Troy Transit Center, Park & ride locations
Non-Passenger Macomb Terminal, Oakland Terminal, Wayne Terminal
Bus Stops 1-9999, 10000-19999, 20000-20999, 21000-21999, 22000-22999, 23000-23999
Timelines
History 1989-1998, 1999-2008, 2009-2018, 2019-present
Southeast Michigan and Far Southwest Ontario Agencies
Ann Arbor
Port Huron
Chatham-Kent
Detroit bus
Detroit People Mover
Monroe
Leamington
Detroit M-1 Rail
Detroit M-1 Rail
RTA
Sarnia
Detroit suburbs
Tecumseh
Windsor