Ann Arbor Connector: Public input sought on high-capacity transit project
Ann Arbor Connector
The workshop-style event is scheduled from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the downtown library, with several opportunities for the public to provide feedback.
In early 2011, the city of Ann Arbor, the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority and the University of Michigan collaborated to complete a feasibility study that concluded a high-capacity transit service in the study corridor is feasible and that demand is sufficient to consider streetcars, bus rapid transit, light rail or an elevated guideway such as a monorail.
The project is now in the alternatives analysis stage, where community input is needed to determine a locally preferred alternative that will specify the type of transit technology (bus rapid transit, streetcar, light rail or elevated guideway), service levels, route alignment, station locations and costs.
Tuesday's workshop is open to anyone who wants to attend, including residents, business owners, and other stakeholders or interested parties.
The workshop agenda:
- 4:30-5:30 p.m. — Open House
- 5:30-6:00 p.m. — Presentation
- 6:00-7:00 p.m. — Breakout Groups: "Connect The Connector"
- 7:00-7:30 p.m. — Presentation
- 7:30-8:00 p.m. — Open House
The open house portion of the workshop will feature displays on the various modes of travel under consideration, as well as possible route options.
Project staff and representatives from the organizations collaborating on the project will be available to further explain the displays, answer questions and record comments.
The presentation will provide a brief overview of the project. The breakout groups will be an opportunity for the public to review segments of the Connector route and make comments.
This is the second in a series of public input opportunities, the first of which were held in December, and there will be additional opportunities later this year.
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