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Greetings Supporter!  As someone who wants to see transit improved in greater Detroit, please join us in celebrating the people working hard to make the improvement happen!

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

Fighting for better transit in the Motor City can be a thankless job.  (My husband likes to say I tilt at windmills for a living.) 

Yet there are many people working very hard to improve transit in our community.  Please help us recognize and celebrate them!!

In just two weeks (on May 15), TRU will present the Regional Transit Awards.  You won't want to miss it!

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

  • An hors d'oeuvres reception with regional leaders, transit supporters, and other interesting people;
  • A silent auction featuring Detroit area gifts, restaurants, and activities;
  • 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.  We are extending the RSVP deadline through this Friday, May 4, so please 

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!

I hope to see you there!!

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Announcing the Nominees for the Regional Transit Awards

I am proud to announce and recognize the twenty individuals, organizations, and companies that have been nominated for the Regional Transit Awards.  They have all worked passionately and diligently for more and better transit throughout greater Detroit over the past year and beyond. 

This list was developed through an open call for nominations, then narrowed down to four in each category by TRU’s Awards team (and excluding current TRU Board members and staff).  At the awards dinner, one in each category will take home the top prize.  Descriptions of the categories and nominees are available online.  

Nominees for the Corporate Transit Champion Award
  • Beaumont Health System
  • Blue Cross, Blue Shield
  • Troy Chamber of Commerce
  • Quicken Loans, on behalf of M-1 Rail
Nominees for Transit Activist of the Year
  • Scott Anderson
  • Joel Batterman
  • Patty Fedewa
  • Richard Murphy
Nominees for the Forward Motion Award for Most Effective Public Servant
  • Senator Tom Casperson, Chairman of the Transportation Committee
  • Jana Ecker, Planning Director for the City of Birmingham
  • Detroit Council President Charles Pugh
  • Governor Rick Snyder (and his Special Advisor Dennis Schornack)
Nominees for the Exemplary Regionalism & Innovation Award
  • R-PATH:  Regional Partners Advocating Transit Here
  • Trans4M: the Transportation for Michigan coalition
  • Transform Woodward:  the Woodward Avenue Action Association Transit-Oriented Development Task Force
  • UM-SMART: the University of Michigan’s Sustainable Mobility & Accessibility Research & Transformation
Nominees for Transit Employee of the Year
  • Robert Cantonelli, Safety Coordinator for the Detroit Transportation Corporation (the People Mover)
  • Hannah Kelley, (former) DDOT planner
  • Michael Patton, SMART’s Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator
  • Tim Roseboom, (former) DDOT Manager of Strategic Planning
Please congratulate these nominees and join us at the Regional Transit Awards dinner to recognize all these wonderful advocates!

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Senate to Vote Wednesday on the RTA

There's another important RTA moving forward right now.  The Michigan Senate will likely be voting on the Regional Transit Authority bills this Wednesday!! 

  • The RTA will ensure better coordination between SMART, DDOT, and AATA;
  • The RTA will develop more frequent, reliable transit along Woodward, Gratiot, and elsewhere;
  • The RTA will allow southeast Michigan to invest in more and better transit,

So if you haven't contacted your state Senator or if your Senator is still on the fence . . .

Tell your state Senator to support the RTA!!

Use our easy e-action tool which 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 keep you posted on what happens Wednesday and what's coming next.

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