Regional Transit Authority
|Area served||Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor, MI|
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Initially, the RTA's web presence was through a single bare-bones (and primarily outdated) page on the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments website, but in December 2014, a new website separate from SEMCOG was launched.
- Detroit Department of Transportation - Fixed-route bus and MetroLift paratransit service in the city of Detroit and neighboring Wayne, Oakland and Macomb County suburbs.
- Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation - Fixed-route bus, Connector and Community Transit small bus and ADA and job shuttle services in selected Wayne and Oakland County suburbs and all of Macomb County.
- Detroit Transportation Corporation - Detroit People Mover fully-automated elevated light rail service in downtown Detroit, originally intended to be the backbone of a regional light rail system.
- Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority - Fixed-route bus service in and around the cities of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, plus weekday commuter bus service to Chelsea and Canton and AirRide bus service to Detroit Metro Airport.
- M-1 Rail QLINE - Streetcar service along Woodward Avenue in the city of Detroit.
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
||March-May 2010||NFI||D40LF||Cummins ISL||Allison B400R||Luminator Horizon||39 American Seating InSight||Shoemaker||
||January-March 2012||Gillig||Low Floor 40'
|Cummins ISL9||Allison B400R||Luminator Horizon||39 American Seating InSight||Shoemaker||
||December 2014-February 2015||NFI||XD40||Cummins ISL9||Allison B400R||Luminator Horizon||40 4ONE Aries 4MA||Shoemaker||
||April-July 2016||Gillig||BRT 40'
|Cummins ISL9||Allison B400R||Luminator Horizon||38 American Seating Vision||Macomb||
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.
|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|