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Greetings Supporter!  There are several exciting transit events coming up that you won't want to miss, so read on for all the details . . .

RSVP Today for TRU's Big 2012 Fundraiser:   The Regional Transit Awards!

Despite a rough year for Detroit Transit, there is still a lot of great work going on advocating for more and better transit.  So for our 2012 fundraising dinner, TRU will be present the Regional Transit Awards!!

This exciting event will recognize twenty fabulous people, groups, and companies working hard to improve Detroit area transit, five of whom will walk away with the top Regional Transit Award in their category.

In addition to the awards ceremony, the evening will include:

  • A silent auction featuring Detroit area gifts, restaurants, and activities;
  • An hors d'oeuvres reception with transit supporters, regional leaders, and other interesting people;
  • A fabulous dinner, wine, and a cash bar;

All providing essential financial support to TRU's ongoing work as your transit advocate!

It will take place on Tuesday, May 15, at the Atheneum in Detroit's Greektown.  Tickets start at $75 each, half of which is tax deductible as a charitable donation. 

Buy your tickets today! 

Please help us spread the word.  Please invite your friends, colleagues, bus buddies and others interested in more and better transit for greater Detroit!

Sponsorships are still available, starting at $250, and may include program ads, event tickets, website and e-newsletter recognition, displays at the event and more, depending on sponsorship level.  Download the sponsor form or contact me for more information.

I hope to see you there!!

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Speak Out for Regional Transit!!

There's another important RTA moving forward in the next few weeks.  The Michigan Senate could be voting on the Regional Transit Authority bills as early as next week!!  But the outcome of that vote is still very uncertain.

  • If you want better coordination between SMART, DDOT, and AATA;
  • If you want more frequent, reliable transit along Woodward, Gratiot, and elsewhere;
  • If you agree that southeast Michigan needs to invest in more and better transit,

Tell your state Senator to support the RTA!!

This easy e-action tool identifies your Senator with just your name and address, then offers a sample message based on your Senator's past votes, and allows you to send a targeted personal message in just a few clicks.

I'll be in Lansing tomorrow meeting with Senators, and a bunch of emails would really help our efforts!  I'll keep you posted on what happens there and what's coming next.

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TRU Spring Meeting Monday 4/23

You are invited to TRU's big spring meeting on DDOT bus service and the 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.
  • Get an update on efforts to pass a Regional Transit Authority.
  • And learn how you can get involved to make a difference!

The meeting will be next 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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Reminder: TRU is Hiring an Experienced Project Manager; Deadline April 25

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!

View the Project Manager position description, necessary qualifications, and how to apply.

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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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