Transportation planning takes place at all levels of government. This page lists Ann Arbor's local planning efforts. Information on regional, state and federal planning efforts can be found on the Regional and State Transportation Planning page.
Plans in Progress
In September 2012, the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (AAATA) received approval of a grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to study Connector concepts. This new study is called an Alternatives Analysis and is intended to:
- Confirm the need for an advanced transit system to serve the Ann Arbor area.
- Define specific transit alternatives to meet the defined transportation needs including mode/technology, guideway alignment, operations and station locations.
- Evaluate the benefits and costs, environmental impacts, and transportation effectiveness of the transit alternatives.
- Engage the community in the study process to select a locally preferred alternative.
- Identify potential sources of funding and help to position the project for phased implementation.
The Alternatives Analysis will be completed over the next 18 months and will include many opportunities for public input. The study will be managed as a collaborative effort of the AAATA, the City of Ann Arbor, the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the University of Michigan (UM) and will also be closely coordinated with the Washtenaw Area Transportation Study (WATS), the Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).
The study will focus on fixed guideway transit alternatives. A fixed guideway transit system means that transit vehicles would operate in a designated transit corridor, potentially independent of existing vehicular traffic. The guideway might follow existing roads but could also be established in railroad corridors or new public rights of way.
The Alternatives Analysis will conclude with the definition of a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA). Depending upon the LPA, future steps in project development would include preliminary engineering, environmental review, final design and construction.
For more information and current project information please visit the AAConnector.com project website.
Ann Arbor Station
This Intercity Passenger Rail Station planning project will be initiated in Fall 2013. Please check back for more information at a later date.
The South State Street Corridor Transportation Planning study is contained in the FY2014 CIP. This transportation planning project is a complement to the recently completed South State Street Corridor Plan and the City's Transportation Master Plan Update. The project will evaluate the corridor from a multi-modal, Complete Streets perspective. The study will look at safety, multi-modal considerations as well as alignment with the recent land use vision completed for the corridor.
The 2009 Ann Arbor Transportation Plan Update identified two key transportation concepts to support future growth. A "connector" would link proposed commuter rail stations planned between Detroit and Ann Arbor and Howell and Ann Arbor. A set of "signature transit corridors" would provide high quality high frequency transit service to enable higher density housing and employment concentrations. In 2009, the City of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority, Ann Arbor Transportation Authority, and University of Michigan initiated the Connector Feasibility Study. The Study links the "connector" and "signature" concepts and evaluates the feasibility of advanced transit options for Ann Arbor. A series of public meetings and newsletters has kept the public apprised of the Study's goals and methods, findings on travel patterns in Ann Arbor, and the comparative benefits of various transit options.
In November, 2010, the Study presented its findings in a public meeting. The Study identified areas where alternative transit would benefit the community, and it highlighted transit options for high-density and medium-density areas of town. The Connector Feasibility report was completed in March of 2011.
The City of Ann Arbor completed a Comprehensive Transportation Plan Update in 2009, laying the framework for improvements to the transportation system for the coming years. The City is experiencing tremendous employment growth and change which alters the way transportation must serve the community.
The 2009 update considers the effects of changes in growth patterns and development and recommends actions to meet transportation needs and the goals of the community well into the future. The plan builds upon previous findings and recommendations for the transportation system, and incorporates other current efforts, such as the Citywide Non-Motorized Transportation Plan, into a comprehensive framework for addressing current and future transportation issues.
The Non-motorized Transportation supports the assumption that strong pedestrian and bicycle facilities create a community that is physically active, accessible, and exceedingly livable. As of Summer, 2011, the city’s non-motorized transportation system includes 475 miles of sidewalks, 36.2 miles of on-road bike lanes, and 55 miles of shared-use paths. Several different city units, including Systems Planning, Project Management, Planning and Development, Field Operations, Parks & Recreation, Communications, Community Standards, and Police and Public Safety, have taken great strides to improve the programs and projects that support and expand that system.
The City of Ann Arbor Non-motorized Plan 2007
supports the assumption that strong pedestrian and bicycle facilities create a community that is physically active, accessible, and exceedingly livable. As of Summer, 2011, the city’s non-motorized transportation system includes 475 miles of sidewalks, 36.2 miles of on-road bike lanes, and 55 miles of shared-use paths. Several different city units, including Systems Planning, Project Management, Planning and Development, Field Operations, Parks & Recreation, Communications, Community Standards, and Police and Public Safety, have taken great strides to improve the programs and projects that support and expand that system.
The Non-motorized Transportation Plan identifies the critical need to expand the city’s infrastructure to provide a transportation network of 56 miles of on-road bicycle lanes, 25 new miles of sidewalks, and 129 mid-block crossings. These improvements are intended to establish a physical and cultural environment that supports and encourages safe, comfortable, and convenient ways for pedestrians and bicyclists to travel throughout the city and into the surrounding communities.
2007 Comprehensive Downtown Parking Study
In March 2006, City Council adopted an Implementation Plan for the initiative. One of the high priority projects identified in this plan is the development of a comprehensive parking strategy for the downtown. A work plan was developed to collect information and establish policies.
In March 2006, City Council adopted an Implementation Plan for the Ann Arbor Discovering Downtown
initiative. One of the high priority projects identified in this plan is the development of a comprehensive parking strategy for the downtown. A work plan was developed to collect information and establish policies.
The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) hired Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates in March 2006 to complete Phase I of the parking strategy work plan for the Downtown Parking Study. From July through December 2006, the consultant collected data on the supply and demand of downtown parking, in addition to demographics and perceptions of users of the parking system. A public workshop was held in early December 2006.
The consultant’s final report for Phase I was released in February 2007.The second phase of the study created revised parking policies for downtown. The consultant’s final report for Phase II was released in June 2007. View both of these reports on the Data & Reports section of the DDA's website.
Plans in Place
The City's Planning Division provides information on additional Ann Arbor city plans including the 2011 Parks & Recreation Open Space Plan and the 2009 Master Plan Land Use Element.
Updated November 22, 2013
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