In Oakland County, the transit proposal will both maintain and expand public transit services, including both SMART and other local transit agencies.
Why a countywide proposal?
Unlike Macomb County, Oakland County has never had a countywide transit millage. That’s made it hard for people to get around, because:
- Major destinations in the County, like Twelve Oaks Mall and the City of Rochester Hills, don’t have connections to fixed route bus service.
- In more rural areas, local transit providers like the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA) and the Western Oakland Transportation Authority (WOTA) have to turn down many people who need rides, since they don’t have the resources to meet demand.
This year, Oakland County is voting countywide on public transit for the first time! If passed, the proposal will sustain transit services in southeast Oakland County and improve transit in other areas of the county.
Here’s what potential new fixed routes might look like. The exact layout of routes will be determined after a public input process.
In addition to SMART, the proposal will support local transit agencies like the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA), the Western Oakland Transportation Authority (WOTA), and the Rochester-area Older Persons Commission bus service.