Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, December 10, 2012

Community meetings planned regarding Connector

Members of the university community will be able to provide their opinion regarding the Connector during a series of drop-in events being held this week.

The connector study is a partnership project among the university, city of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, Downtown Development Authority and the Washtenaw Area Transportation Study.

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

During the drop-in events, the public is invited to share their opinions on two items — where they travel most frequently within the proposed Connector area and which mode of proposed Connector travel they prefer.

A survey also will be available for additional input. There will be project staff and representatives from the participating organizations available to answer questions.

In October 2011, the Phase I report of the Ann Arbor Connector Feasibility study was completed. The study concluded that Ann Arbor could support light rail or bus rapid transit to complement the existing bus transit system.

The project is now in the Alternatives Analysis stage, where community input is needed to determine a locally preferred alternative, which will specify type of transit, service level, route, station locations and cost estimate.

The drop-in events will be:

Monday, Dec. 10

8-10 a.m., Blake Transit Center, 337 S. Fourth Ave.

1-3 p.m., Busch's, 2020 Green Road.

6-8 p.m., Briarwood Mall, 100 Briarwood Circle.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

8-10 a.m., Sweetwaters, 123 W. Washington St.

1-3 p.m., Sweetwaters, 3393 Plymouth Road.

6-8 p.m., Briarwood Mall, 100 Briarwood Circle.