A PRELIMINARY PROPOSAL FOR HIGH AND INTERMEDIATE LEVEL TRANSIT IN THE DETROIT METROPOLITAN AREA

This proposal results from a refinement of previous regional transit planning efforts by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), and SEMTA. While this booklet focuses on public transit, the proposal stems from a coordinated transportation planning review incorporating both highways and transit. Input to the process has been provided by a joint effort of SEMTA, SEMCOG, and other appropriate city and county agencies. This input, in the form of goal formulation, regional land use planning, total travel projections, and transit travel projections, forms the basis for all recommendations. Recent projections indicate that between 1970 and 1990 the population of the seven county SEMCOG region will increase by 28% to a total of 5,950,000. The number of households will increase by 38%, thus indicating a decrease in family size and an increase in both the number of wage earners and the demand for rush hour work trips. Even more significant, the number of private automobiles in the region is expected to more than double by 1990. These and other factors, including pollution abatement, socio-economic disparities, and land use considerations, lead to the conclusion that development of a viable public transit system is of paramount alternative to the automobile for must provide a competitive alternative to the automobile for certain types of trips. To meet this need, a potential 1990 transit network was developed by SEMTA and SEMCOG in early 1972. This test network builds upon the existing bus and limited commuter railroad system. It incorporates the best features of previous studies together with the performance characteristics of the most modern transit systems. The test network has been subjected to refined analysis, the results of which are presented herein. /HSRI/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Study sponsored by UMTA and the State of Michigan.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Southeastern Michigan Transportation Authority

    232 West Grand River, Suite 1705
    Detroit, MI  USA  48226
  • Publication Date: 1974-3

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 57 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00081845
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Contract Numbers: 1971-10
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 8 1981 12:00AM