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Hey Supporter - Join us this evening for an exciting Community Forum to create Michigan's transportation vision.  I promise plenty of cold drinks!  Read on . . .

Trans4M Oakland Community Forum  TONIGHT

We in Michigan have long been innovators in transportation. It’s time to mobilize our communities to rebuild the state’s transportation system around today's needs.
Join Trans4M Community Forum, Thursday June 28, 6-8pm at Royal Oak First United Methodist ChurchTRU, MOSES ,Michigan Suburbs Alliance, and your neighbors at one of 14 interactive community forum sacross Michigan to build a new transportation vision for our state:   
  • Have your say on how better transportation can improve your life and your community
  • Discuss the funding needs to make our shared vision a reality
  • Take action to improve our transportation system.
This first event is TONIGHT Thursday, June 28, from 6-8pm at Royal Oak First United Methodist Church (320 W. 7th Street, a few blocks west of Main Street and south of the transit center in downtown Royal Oak).  Light refreshments and plenty of cold drinks will be served.
If you can't make it tonight, additional events will follow in Wayne County (July 17), Detroit (July 24), and Mt. Clemens (tent. Aug. 7), and elsewhere in Michigan.  Details coming soon! 

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 Support TRU's New Transit Bill of Rights!

For far too long, the people of greater Detroit have suffered from insufficient quantity and quality of transit service, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without reliable access to jobs, job training, and other necessities. We demand better. DDOT, SMART, the People Mover, and any new transit service provider must meet a higher standard of service. 
So TRU created a new Transit Bill of Rights declaring our right to:
  • Reliable, on-time service 
  • Full accessibility
  • Safe, clean, well-lit and well-maintained vehicles and facilities
  • Public involvement in transit decision-making
  • and much more
With help from TRU's interns and volunteers, our allies and partners, and advocates like you, we plan to get over 3,000 people signed onto this statement of rights.

This fall, we will present these signatures to transit agencies and decision makers to express our demands and press them for action to achieve these rights for all who use and benefit from transit in Southeast Michigan.
Then invite your friends to do the same, to help us demonstrate the broad will of the region and demand better transit!
 

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Compromise Federal Transportation Bill Leaves Out Key Protections

According to our friends at

Transportation Equity Network:

Last night while Americans slept, the surface transportation conference committee filed its official report.
 
Gone or gutted are important provisions from the bipartisan, Senate-passed surface transportation bill, MAP-21, that would:

  • keep our buses rolling and folks in our communities working during periods of economic crisis
  • make streets safer for the most vulnerable in our communities—especially children, seniors, low income people, and people with disabilities
  • provide consistent requirements ensuring that folks have a say in big transportation projects that affect their communities, their health, and their environment

In their place are provisions from HR 7 that set progressive transportation policy and equity programs back by decades.
 
With the release of this report, the conference committee, under the leadership of Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Rep. John Mica (R-FL), has missed important opportunities to create even more jobs.
 
We must  hold our Members of Congress accountable.  Call your legislators today and tell them that the conference committee transportation bill is not good enough.

This bill must preserve public transit, safety provisions, and community engagement!  

Call your members of Congress today!

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Help TRU Talk Transit at this Summer's Festivals and Fireworks!

Despite the heat, summer is a great time to head out for fabulous fairs, festivals, and fireworks.  And all those people together make it a great time to talk transit!

We had a fabulous time at RiverDays and the Detroit fireworks this past weekend, getting support from hundreds of people for our new Transit Bill of Rights. 

Join us this weekend at the Mt. Clemens Stars and Stripes festival,

getting hundreds more people on board with our Transit Bill of Rights and Regional Transit Authority.  

We will not have a table for this event, and so we will be engaging the crowd with clipboards in hand.  All volunteers will be oriented on how to educate and engage community members, and we will go over the Transit Bill of Rights as well as the RTA bill so that everyone is familair with them!  It's easy and fun, and the weather will be beautiful! 

TRU will be at the  Stars and Stripes Festival tomorrow, Friday, June 29 from 12:00 - 4:00 pm and Saturday, June 30 from 12:00 - 6:00 pm.  If you can join us for, please

contact TRU Community Outreach Crystalor call the TRU office at 313-963-8872.  Thanks!!

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                                          Megan

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