Workshops to answer questions, gather input about transit plan


Members of the campus community are invited to learn more about The Connector project at a series of workshops Thursday.

The Connector is a developing plan for high-capacity transit from northeast to south Ann Arbor, connecting major destinations including downtown, U-M campuses and the medical center, and commercial areas.

There are three potential modes of transportation being considered for The Connector — bus, bus rapid transit, and streetcar/light rail transit. These different modes are all being considered as part of the current project. 

The project is currently in the Alternatives Analysis phase, and the campus community is invited to help make decisions for the future by participating in any of three workshops Thursday at Ann Arbor Libraries:

• 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. at the Malletts Creek Branch, Meeting Room, 3090 E. Eisenhower Pkwy.

• 1–3 p.m. at the Downtown Branch, Multi-Purpose Room-Lower Level, 343 S. Fifth Ave.

• 6–8 p.m. at the Traverwood Branch, Program Room, 3333 Traverwood Dr.

The first half hour of each workshop will be an open house, followed by a brief presentation and opportunities for asking questions and provide input.

The open house portion of the workshop will feature displays on the several route options for The Connector. Project staff and representatives from the organizations collaborating on the project, including U-M, will be available to further explain the displays, answer questions and record comments.

The presentation will provide a brief overview of the project to date.
Throughout the workshop there will be an opportunity for the public to review the routes for The Connector, make specific comments, and provide input on a variety of options.

In February 2011, U-M, the City of Ann Arbor, the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority and the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority collaborated to complete a feasibility study of high-capacity transit to serve the transportation needs of the city and the university.

The feasibility study concluded that high-capacity transit service in the study corridor is feasible, that ridership demand in the corridor is sufficient to warrant high-capacity transit, and technologies including bus rapid transit, streetcars, light rail and elevated guideway could be used.


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