Why Is This Important?
An accessible and reliable public transportation system that supports the mobility needs of residents throughout the county would strengthen the economy and attract more people to our region, as well as reduce the environmental impact of single-occupancy vehicles.
Determined by the principal mode of travel that a worker usually used to get from home to work during the week surveyed.
Data source: U.S. Census Bureau - American Community Survey
In 2019, 15.6% of Oakland County residents traveled to work by means other than a single occupancy vehicle, up from 13.9% in 2015. The largest % change in means of transportation from 2015 to 2019 came from working from home (43% increase).
On November 8, 2022, the residents of Oakland County approved the Oakland County Public Transportation millage. This voter-approved 10-year, .95 millage is dedicated to maintaining and expanding public transit services throughout Oakland County. The Board of Commissioners also approved a resolution from the County Executive to create a Transit Division within the Economic Development Department.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has awarded the Detroit Regional Partnership (DRP), of which Oakland County is a member, $100,000 to conduct an Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure Plan. This plan will evaluate potential EV siting locations, provide resources for local municipalities, and evaluate infrastructure needs and trends for the region. Phase 1 will wrap up in early 2023 and go right into Phase 2.