Saturday, November 9, 2019

2019-2020 Transit Developments for Southeast Oakland County

As the parent of a daughter who has a disability, I look forward to hearing about improvements in the transit options we have in our community. Looks like a couple of good announcements on that front. First, the Troy-Somerset Gazette for the week of October 28 featured an article on the new Troy R.Y.D.E. system.

The article by Cynthia Kmett states that through the 2020 budget process, "city council approved that the city staff would assume responsibility for the services provided by Troy Medi-Go Plus."
"Medi-Go Plus was a nonprofit organization offering Troy residents over the age of 60 and Troy residents with disabilities door-to-door transportation to medical appointments, the Troy Community Center, and other important destinations. The best news for those who need this helpful service is that they are now free, as the $2 donation has been eliminated. In addition, the manager, schedulers, and bus drivers are now city employees, according to Department of Public Works Director Kurt Bovensiep. The City of Troy has rebranded this service by changing the name to Troy R.Y.D.E., Reach Your Destination Easily."
To read the entire article, click here to open the 10/28/19 online version of the Gazette. Also, click here to check out the City of Troy's web page for more information on R.Y.D.E.

The other good news comes from SMART, Southeast Michigan’s only regional public transportation provider. Click here to view the 11/5/19 C&G Newspapers article describing SMART's proposed new plan for service improvements.

"Among the highlights of the plan would be implementing the microtransit system, which would provide on-demand service in certain areas to help connect riders to major routes." Check the links in my Twitter post below for how this will affect southeast Oakland County and Troy.

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