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Greetings Supporter!  Two important RTAs need your help today - the Regional Transit Authority bills are at risk and today is the last day to RSVP for TRU's Regional Transit Awards dinner!!

Old 8 Mile Divisions Threaten the RTA bills, Call Your Senator Today!!

Just when you think our politicians have finally grown up and are ready to work together as a region, the old 8 Mile divisions creep back in and threaten progress on the RTA.  It has appeared for several weeks that the Michigan Senate was poised to pass the RTA with strong bi-partisan support.  Now that support is faultering.

We need to get 300 calls to our Senators in the next 3 days!  Please call or email your Senator today!  Tell them:

"We need better public transit!  I live in your district, I vote, and I need the Senator's support for SB 909 - the Regional Transit Authority. Can I count on the Senator's "yes" vote for SB 909 and 911?"

Then urge your friends, family and colleagues from all across Michigan to do the same!  I've set up an easy tell-a-friend tool you can use.

If you get a firm response, please let me know what they say.

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Last Day to RSVP for TRU's Big Regional Transit Awards Dinner!

Next Tuesday evening (on May 15), TRU will present the Regional Transit Awards. 

The event will celebrate twenty wonderful people and companies in appreciation for their hard work to improve transit in our community.  Five will take home Regional Transit Awards!  In addition, 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 year-round work as your transit advocate!

The event will begin next Tuesday, May 15, at 5:30pm at the Atheneum in Detroit's Greektown.  Tickets start at $75 each, half of which is tax deductible as a charitable donation.  We must submit our food count tomorrow, so if you have not yet done so,

Buy your tickets today! 

Make sure to 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

Please join me in thanking and recognizing 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 Cantalini, Safety Coordinator for the Detroit People Mover
  • Hannah Kelley, (former) DDOT planner
  • Michael Patten, 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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                                          Megan

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