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Congrats Supporter, you survived the heat wave.  Now we need your help to make Michigan safe for walking and biking.  Plus more chances to have your say in Michigan's transportation future.  Read on . . .

Help Make Michigan's Streets Safe for All Users - Sign the Complete Streets Petition Today

Last week, the Michigan State Transportation Commission, which establishes policies for Michigan’s transportation department, released a draft policy for implementing  Complete Streets on state roads.
The policy will direct MDOT planners to design and maintain roadways that keep all users in mind, including bicyclists, public transit riders, motorists, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.

While the state’s effort is a step in the right direction, the policy should be clearer, more specific, and include firm timelines. Without clarity and timelines the policy could just sit on a shelf.
MSTC is only allowing two weeks for the public to comment on the policy - the deadline is July 13th, so: 
to demand a specific and firm Complete Streets Policy!
You can also write the Commission with your comments directly: 
Learn more and ask questions in a Trans4M Webinar on Complete Streets today at 3pm.  REGISTER for the webinar
Michiganders have made it clear. We want safe and convenient transportation choices. And we want better, safer, and more Complete Streets!

More Trans4M Community Forum in Detroit and western Wayne County!

Thanks so much to everyone who came out for our Oakland County Trans4M Community Forum!  Despite sweltering heat outside, it was cool inside with four tables of great discussion.  If you missed out on that one, don't fret!  You've got several more opportunities: 
Join TRU, MOSESMichigan Suburbs Alliance, and your neighbors at one of 14 interactive community forums across Michigan to 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, and take action to improve our transportation system.
Join us in Wayne County!
  • Tuesday, July 17, 6:30-8:30pm
  • Ford Community and Performing Arts Center
    • 15801 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI
  • Please RSVP online, on Facebook, or call 313-963-8872

Don't miss Detroit!

  • Tuesday, July 24, 6:30-8:30pm
  • At the U of M Detroit Center
    • Northwest corner of Woodward and Mack/MLK
  • Please RSVP online, on Facebook, or call 313-963-8872
Additional events will follow in Ypsilanti, Mt. Clemens and elsewhere in Michigan.  Attend the event closest to you if possible, but everyone is welcome at any event - bring friends!  Cold drinks and light refreshments will be served at each event.
Efforts will be made to address needed accommodations 72 hours in advance to ensure everyone can participate.

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 Remember to Sign Our 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!


FYI - I will be traveling most of the next two weeks, but TRU will remain open and busy for most of that time.  Contact Michael or Ruth at the TRU office - 313-963-8872 with any questions on these or other transit-related issues. 

                                          Megan

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