Transit Task Force

Is it possible for Royal Oak to have its own transit system?

In January 2017, the city commission identified developing a public transportation plan as a goal for the 2017-18 fiscal year. One-time state representative and former city commissioner Marie Donigan has taken the lead to move this goal forward.

Throughout 2017, conversations have been taking place regarding the status of public transportation in Royal Oak. City staff has met with Suburban Motility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) and members of the city commission to identify possibilities to expand public transportation in the city.

A general plan has been crafted that would create a Royal Oak based public transportation system, this plan is provided along with an SMART updated proposed service route for Woodward Avenue. This system would expand bus service throughout the city and offer connections to the SMART as well as the RefleX systems.

The goal of the Royal Oak Transit Task Force will be to:

  • Advise the commission on a strategy and implementation 
  • Finalize costs for a transit program
  • Identify specific funding sources