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Question for you, Supporter.  How would you rate DDOT bus service? 


We gave DDOT a grade today and it sure wasn't good.  Yet City plans could make it even worse!!  Read on and act out . . .


Broken Promises. DDOT Report Card: D-

 DDOT Report Card:  D-
Despite Bing Promises, DDOT Still Failing to Provide Adequate Bus Service
Today, TRU released our second Report Card on DDOT bus timeliness.  With just 63% of buses showing up when they are supposed to, DDOT earned a D-. 
While that's improvement from their F in the fall, it is completely unacceptableDespite many promises from the Bing administration to dramatically improve service, DDOT service is still insufficient to meet riders' needs.  (Report Summary)

In the past six months, the City has cut service several times increasing wait times times and eliminating overnight service. The impact on DDOT riders has been dramatic. Check out our Faces of Transit (print and video) for a few examples. Poor bus service not only impacts riders who depend on buses to get to work, school and other vital daily activities, it impacts the entire City and region.  Without reliable transit access to jobs and job training, Detroit will continue to lag behind other metro regions for years to come.
While we understand the City's financial crisis, DDOT and Mayor Bing must provide good bus service, no matter what!  Sadly, the Mayor's budget proposal guts another $10 million from the DDOT budget, to barely half of what it was just a few years ago.  How much worse can it get!?!?

Help us remind them that transit is essential, both to riders and to the City's survival!!   
 

Tell City and DDOT leaders: NO MORE BUS CUTS!!

Urge your friends to do the same and help swamp the Mayor will calls for better buses! 

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

TRU's Regional Transit Awards event is coming up in just three weeks

Help us recognize twenty fabulous individuals, 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.

You won't want to miss this exciting event, which in addition to the awards ceremony, will include a silent auction, an hors d'oeuvres reception, cash bar, a fabulous dinner, wine, and interesting people.

And it makes TRU's work as your transit advocate possible all throughout the year!  Please support us!

RSVP today! 

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. 

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

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And Don't Forget:  Speak Out for the RTA!

There's another important RTA moving forward in the next few weeks.  The Michigan Senate could be voting on the Regional Transit Authority bills later this week!  While I'm cautiously optimistic, based on my meetings at the Capitol last week, the outcome of that vote is still 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. 

In the past week, over 50 of you have sent contacted your Senator.  Thanks!!!  Help us get that over 200!  Urge your friends and family to speak out for the RTA!

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. 

                                          Megan

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