Voters to decide on Metro Detroit regional transit proposal

Posted at 6:17 PM, Nov 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-03 18:17:52-04

With five days to go before the election, supporters of the regional transit plan are speaking out in hopes of getting people to vote yes for it on Tuesday.

The bus service would connect Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. Thursday morning, Wayne County leaders gathered to share why they believe it's a good step for southeast Michigan.

"The real point of this is to connect the region with regular bus service and if bus service comes every 10 or 15 minutes on main routes, then people are much more likely to take them," says Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

Supporters say the plan will provide connections to job centers that you can't access by public transit at the moment, including places like Livonia, Novi and Rochester Hills. They say it will support the creation of more than 67,000 new jobs and will cost the average homeowner $96 a year.

However, Leon Drolet, who's opposed to this plan, believes it will end up costing more than that. He's the treasurer of He also thinks it will create more traffic headaches.

"This proposal would close lanes on major roads like Gration, Michigan Avenue and Woodward," he says.

He also believes such a bus system will just keep us anchored in the past. "Big, giant, behemoth buses are not where future of transit is," he adds.