The MiWay 5 Plan (2016-2020) identified opportunities and strategies to grow transit ridership and to direct service hours to achieve the best return on the City’s investment.
Investments in transit infrastructure were also identified as key elements in making the plan successful as they assist in maximizing the benefits of MiExpress service, facilitating route connections, making transit more reliable, and enhancing the customer experience.
The MiWay Infrastructure Growth Plan (MIGP) identifies these infrastructure needs and provides a roadmap for MiWay’s capital program.
Study guiding principles
Four guiding principles laid the foundation for developing and prioritizing the infrastructure solutions both at on-street MiExpress stops and at MiWay’s terminals.
Guiding Principle 1: Accessibility and Pedestrian-friendliness
Barrier-free access that improves the safety and attractiveness of the system, and can reduce wait times.
Guiding Principle 2: Consistency
A look and feel for terminals, stops and amenities that creates a stronger identity for MiWay and makes the use of transit easier and more intuitive.
Guiding Principle 3: Transit Competitiveness
Better infrastructure and amenities to improve the overall customer experience and perception of transit.
Guiding Principle 4: Placemaking
Terminals and stops that are sensitive to existing surrounding land uses and can connect future land uses with the transit system.
The MiWay Infrastructure Growth Plan (MIGP) is a multi-year plan that will be used to direct the effective allocation of the city’s capital investments to transit infrastructure.
The implementation strategy prioritizes items that can be implemented now without requiring major capital investments and capitalizes on upcoming City or Regional projects to minimize throw-away costs while achieving the City’s vision of becoming a transit-oriented city.