Southeast Michigan Council of Governments

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Public Meetings

For those who were not able to attend our recent series of public meetings, or would like to share information with friends, please view the materials presented at the April public meetings below. Approximately 250 members of the public joined us between April 17-30, 2013, to share their thoughts and questions on the new Woodward Avenue Rapid Transit Alternatives Analysis Study. After reviewing the meeting materials, feel free to submit your comments or questions on the website for consideration as well. * We are not equipped to answer questions individually but will update the FAQ section to reflect frequently asked questions periodically.

Meeting materials from the December 3-15, 2012, series of public meetings can be viewed in the Document Library. Over 260 attendees participate in these meetings.

Public Meeting Materials

At the links below are the Presentation along with poster boards, grouped by station, presented at the April 17-30, 2013 public meetings. View presentation

  • Station 1: Introduction
    These boards provide an introduction to the new transit study as well as the meeting purpose. Information about what an AA study is, who is sponsoring the project, and the project's role in relation to the ongoing M-1 Woodward Streetcar Project are provided. The project schedule is also included.
  • Station 2: December Public Meetings Summary
    This board highlights public comments from the December 2012 meetings and summarizes the public feedback on criteria used for evaluating modal transit options on Woodward. A total of 102 meeting attendees participated and shared their priorities for evaluation factors. This public feedback, in combination with Federal Transit Administration norms for evaluation criteria weighting was used in analyzing the most feasible rapid transit mode for Woodward Avenue.
  • Station 3: Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Process, Modes Considered, Selection of BRT as Modal Option
    This group of boards provides descriptions of the evaluation criteria that the public previously viewed and ranked in the December 2012 public meetings. It also shows evaluation criteria weighting for the analysis of rapid transit modes, which led to the selection of BRT as the preferred modal option for the Woodward corridor. It should be noted that following the selection of BRT as the modal option, more in depth analysis with additional evaluation criteria will occur to determine the best alignment options for the mode as well as station locations.
  • Station 4: Routing Options Under Consideration + M-1 Streetcar Integration Options in Detroit
    Alignment options under consideration were presented at the April 2013 public meetings and the public was asked to comment on those options. If you were unable to attend the public meetings, there are still various ways for you to provide comments. Please feel free to provide comments via the Comment & Updates section on this website, on the Transform Woodward Facebook page at www.facebook.com/transformwoodward, or email Tiffany Gunter, SEMCOG, at gunter@semcog.org.
  • Station 5: Preliminary Station Locations
    This board shows potential station locations under consideration for the project. The public was asked to provide feedback on preliminary station locations at both the December 2012 and April 2013 public meetings. If you would like to provide a comment please feel free to provide comments via the Comment & Updates section on this website, on the Transform Woodward Facebook page at www.facebook.com/transformwoodward, or email Tiffany Gunter, SEMCOG, at gunter@semcog.org.

*These are preliminary locations. These are starting points for technical review and public input that will be further refined during the AA study. Please note that conceptual station locations from AA are not final and those are further refined during engineering.

Projected ridership for the BRT option that will emerge from the AA process, along with ridership for local bus feeder routes, and engineering considerations that are evaluated after the AA process largely provide information on where a station should be placed. However, public feedback is an equally important consideration in station location placement. As SEMCOG goes through the technical process of determining potential station location placement, public feedback will be used to adjust the feasibility of those placements.

View the December 2012 public meeting materials.