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Regional Transit Authority (RTA)
A Regional Transit Authority (RTA) was recently established for Southeast Michigan. The RTA is composed of the counties of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw. It is governed by a 10-member board with two representatives from each of the participating counties, one representative from the City of Detroit, and one non-voting member appointed by the governor who acts as the chair.


RFP: Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan Corridor Planning Study
The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) of Southeast Michigan was formed with the purpose of coordinating services of the existing transit systems (DDOT, DTC, SMART, and AAATA) and conducting corridor planning studies to enhance public transportation options in the region. The RTA will study the four major corridors within their service area covering Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, and Washtenaw counties and the City of Detroit.

The planning studies will evaluate transit alternatives, phasing and associated costs of alternatives. The goal is to explore how to improve transit in the corridor, improve regional mobility, increase travel options and destination choices, and promote transit-oriented development (TOD) along the corridor. The studies will evaluate enhancing existing bus service, adding higher level transit along with a number of alignment options. The purpose of the studies is to identify a financially feasible project to advance into the FTA project development.

Get the complete RTA Corridor Study Request for Proposals (RFP) (PDF)

This RFP is being issued by SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, on behalf of the RTA, the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan. This RFP is also available on SEMCOG's website, and on the RTA's website.

Technical inquiries concerning the project should be directed to Carmine Palombo. Questions regarding the Administrative procedures should be directed to Scott Failla. Questions submitted by consultants and staff answers to these questions will also be posted online.

Both may also be reached at:

Southeast Michigan Council of Governments
1001 Woodward Avenue, Suite 1400
Detroit, Michigan 48226
Phone: 313-961-4266
Fax: 313-961-4869


Trip Planner

For regional transit trips that stretch across bus system service areas in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties, you can get transit and walking directions from Google Transit.

Google Transit map of bus routes 275 and 021 between Pontiac and Detroit

Note: Google Transit provides directions for AAATA, DDOT, SMART, and the University of Michigan Transportation Services. Google Transit does not include schedule information for the Detroit People Mover at this time. The RTA is not responsible or liable for the accuracy of any information provided by Google Maps and does not validate any trip planning information provided.


RTA Board Members
Board Members and bios
RTA Board Expense Form (PDF)

Enabling Legislation
RTA enrolled Senate Bill No. 912 (PDF)
RTA enrolled Senate Bill No. 911 (PDF)
RTA enrolled Senate Bill No. 909 (PDF)

Follow RTA Activities
Public Notices and Media Advisories
Meeting Agendas and Summaries
RTA in the News

Policy Documents

More Information
For more information, please contact one of the following members of the RTA support team:

Dennis Schornack – Staff Coordinator, schornackd@michigan.gov
Joe Pavona – Public-Private Partnerships, pavonaj1@michigan.gov
Mario Morrow – Communications, Media, morrowm2@michigan.gov
Shanelle Jackson – Community Outreach, jacksons3@michigan.gov
Carmine Palombo – SEMCOG Liaison, palombo@semcog.org
Sharon Edgar – MDOT Liaison, edgars@michigan.gov

The RTA will eventually have their own Web site, but will use this page off of the SEMCOG Web site in the interim. All notices of meetings and other RTA Board information will be posted on both the SEMCOG and this RTA Web page.