Hi Supporter! Notice anything different? We've got some great new online tools to keep you posted and make it easy for you to take action to improve transit. Read on for all the exciting opportunities!
TRU Spring Meeting Monday 4/23
You're invited to TRU's big spring meeting to learn all the latest about DDOT bus service and efforts to create a Regional Transit Authority.
- New DDOT CEO Ron Freeland will be there to answer your questions about DDOT bus service.
- Get a sneak peak at TRU's new Report Card on DDOT timeliness and bus service.
- And learn how you can get involved to make a difference!
The meeting will be a week from Monday, April 23, from 6-8pm at the MSU Detroit Center (3408 Woodward, south of Mack). It is a free event, open to all, with light refreshments provided.
Please RSVP to TRUmember@DetroitTransit.org or 313-963-8872.
Please join us, bring friends and bring questions!!
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More DDOT Cuts 4/28, Despite Spin; Even More Likely With Proposed Budget
Will the cuts ever end?!?
Nearly half of DDOT bus service has been eliminated in the last eight years, including major cuts last month that eliminated overnight service.
Now another round of "service changes" is doing into effect on April 28, resulting in many riders waiting 45 minutes, 60 minutes, or more for buses.
DDOT's been touting their new "415 plan" which they claimed "will expand customer service on its four busiest routes." While I like the idea of frequent service on the Gratiot, Grand River, Dexter, and Woodward routes, that's not what they are actually planning: The City is actually cutting daytime service on three of these routes effective April 28. Even with a fancy name, a cut is still a cut.
To pour salt into the wound, the Mayor's office yesterday offered a budget proposal that guts another $10 million out of DDOT, dropping the budget to just half of what it was a few years ago. Last budget cycle, the administration pushed for $53 million, saying that DDOT couldn't function on the Council's recommended $46 million.
How many more cuts will riders have to face? How many bus routes that people are relying on will stop operating? How many bus riders will lose their jobs because they can't get to work anymore?
Use this link to:
Tell the City and DDOT leadership NO MORE BUS CUTS!!
They need to fix the service and eliminate the waste, but don't eliminate any more of the service that riders are relying on every day!!
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Tell Your State Senator to Support the RTA Bills!
The Michigan legislature has been on recess for the past two weeks and return to work next Tuesday. High on their to-do list is to pass the Regional Transit Authority bills! Help remind them how essential the RTA is to finally moving transit in our region forward.
Use this easy e-action tool to send an email to your State Senator, with just your name and address. It even offers a sample message based on your Senator's past votes, although your should definately add to that basic message with your personal reasons for wanting better regional transit. Then urge your friends and others to do the same.
I'll be in Lansing next week meeting with Senators and will keep you posted!
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TRU is Hiring an Experienced Project Manager; Apply Today
TRU is seeking a well-organized, hard-working person to work full time managing our Senior Mobility Outreach project, improving our communications, and supporting day-to-day operations of our small, vibrant advocacy organization. Passion for improving transit in greater Detroit a big plus!
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Please keep the conversation going - "like" our Facebook page Support Detroit Transit and provide your comments and ideas!
Let me know what you think of the new look and new tools. As always, you can reach us at the TRU office at 313-963-8872, email me at MOwens@DetroitTransit.org.
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