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Proposed Woodward Avenue Transit Option and Potential Station Locations to Be Discussed at Community Meetings

You are invited to attend:

The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), with the assistance of a Steering Committee representing local communities, is hosting a series of community meetings as part of the Woodward Avenue Transit Alternatives Analysis (AA).

At the meetings, the community will have the opportunity to learn why, after extensive analysis and community input, bus rapid transit has emerged as the preferred option for transit along Woodward. There will be displays and discussion highlighting this cost-effective flexible mode of transit and how it works in cities across the country and around the world including Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; Cleveland, Ohio; Bremen, Germany; Brisbane, Australia; and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Those attending will also have the opportunity to give the project team their input on routes and potential station locations and on local feeder bus routes.

The meetings will include displays, a presentation, opportunities for one-on-one discussion with the project team and group discussion following the presentation. Area residents, business owners and community, agency and government leaders are all encouraged to participate.

The Woodward Transit AA is reviewing higher-level transit options for the 27-mile Woodward Avenue corridor from the Detroit River north to Pontiac. The study area includes the cities of Detroit, Highland Park, Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Huntington Woods, Berkley, Royal Oak, Birmingham, Bloomfield Township, Bloomfield Hills, and Pontiac.

Five meetings will be held in a number of study area cities. Please feel free to attend any or all of the meetings.

· Wednesday, April 17, 6:30 pm-8 pm (Detroit from 6 to 8 Mile Road, Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge)

St. James Catholic Church, 241 W. Pearson Street, Ferndale, MI 48220

*The Woodward Avenue Complete Street charrette will also be taking place at this time and location

· Tuesday, April 23, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm (Detroit, Highland Park)

Detroit Public Library, Main Branch, 5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202

· Thursday, April 25, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm (Pleasant Ridge, Huntington Woods, Berkley, Royal Oak)

Berkley Community Center, 2400 Robina Avenue, Berkley, MI 48072

· Saturday, April 27, 11 am-1 pm (Detroit, Highland Park)

Detroit Public Library, Main Branch, 5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202

· Tuesday, April 30, 6 pm-8 pm (Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Pontiac)

Manresa Jesuit Retreat House, 1390 Quarton Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

SEMCOG is working closely with communities along the corridor on this project. It is funded by a $2 million federal transportation grant, and scheduled for completion in early 2014. An informational flier is attached. We hope that you will pass the attached meeting information flier to your constituents and join us at one of the upcoming meetings. Please feel free to contact me for additional information, or visit the project Web site at http://www.woodwardanalysis.com. I look forward to seeing you.

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