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December 03, 2012

THE CONNECTOR PUBLIC INPUT EVENT SCHEDULE

During December 2012, members of the public will have an opportunity to provide their opinion about The Connector during a series of special drop-in events held in the Ann Arbor area. The Connector is a developing plan for high-capacity transit in an arc from northeast to south Ann Arbor, connecting major destinations including downtown, University of Michigan campuses and medical center, and commercial areas.

You’re Invited
During these drop-in events, the public is encouraged to stop by and provide their opinions on two things—where they travel most frequently within the proposed Connector area, and which mode of proposed Connector travel they prefer. A survey will also be available for additional input. Drop-in anytime—the entire process will take under 5 minutes. The technical team will use the information gathered to help determine locations for stations/stops and transit technology. Project staff and representatives from the organizations collaborating on the project will be on hand to answer additional questions. This is the first in a series of public input opportunities that will be held in December 2012, with additional opportunities in 2013.

Project History
In February 2011, the City of Ann Arbor, the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA), the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the University of Michigan (U-M) 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 a high-capacity transit service in the study corridors is feasible, that demand in the corridor is sufficient to warrant high- capacity transit, and technologies including streetcars, bus rapid transit (BRT), light rail and elevated guideway could be used. The project is now in the Alternatives Analysis stage, where community input is needed to determine a locally preferred alternative (LPA). The LPA will specify the following:

  • Type of transit technology (bus rapid transit, streetcar, light rail, elevated guideway)

  • Service level page2image752

  • Route alignment

  • Station locations

  • Cost estimate

    For more information about the project please contact Chris White, TheRide/Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, 734-794-1850, cwhite@theride.org.

The Connector Drop-In Public Input Events:

Monday, December 10, 2012

8:00-10:00 am
Blake Transit Center 337 South Fourth Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48108

1:00-3:00 pm Busch’s
2020 Green Road Ann Arbor, MI 48105

6:00-8:00 pm Briarwood Mall
100 Briarwood Circle Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

8:00-10:00 am
Sweetwaters
123 West Washington Street Ann Arbor, MI 48104

1:00-3:00 pm Sweetwaters
3393 Plymouth Road Ann Arbor, MI 48105

6:00-8:00 pm Briarwood Mall
100 Briarwood Circle Ann Arbor, MI 48108