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Greetings Supporter. Lots of exciting transit-related events coming up, starting tonight in Dearborn.  Don't miss your chance to say on Michigan's transportation future. Read on . . .

Wayne County Community Forum TONIGHT in Dearborn!

As you know, this summer, the Trans4M coalition is hosting a series of Community Forums focused on creating a statewide transportation vision and launching a conversation about transportation funding.

Come out and have your say on how funding needs to make our vision a reality. The remaining SE MI events are:

  • TONIGHT 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
  • Next week in 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
  • Washtenaw County
    • Thursday, August 2, 6-8pm
    • At Ann Arbor SPARK, 201 S. Division, #430, Ann Arbor
    • Hosted by the Clean Energy Coalition, Ecology Center, and others
    • Details and RSVP online
  • Macomb County
    • Thursday, August 9
    • in Warren - details and RSVP coming soon

Additional events elsewhere in Michigan. Attend the event closest to you if possible, but everyone is welcome at any event.


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 Other Great Upcoming Events

Who says summer is the slow season? There are a bunch of great events coming up that you may be interested in:

  • Bus Rapid Transit Workshop 
    • This Thursday, July 19, 2-4pm
    • At the Coleman A Young Municipal Center 13th floor auditorium
    • Hosted by Mayor Bing, presentations by the National Bus Rapid Transit Institute, the Cleveland Rapid Transit Authority, and the Federal Transit Administration
  • Detroit Neighborhood Forum: Meet the Candidates
    • Initiated by Detroit Works Project Long Term Planning, co-hosted by TRU and many other community groups
    • All Detroit voters encouraged to attend!
    • Three events, doors open at 6pm for each, program 6:30-8:30pm
      • Tuesday, July 24 at Serbian Hall, 19940 Van Dyke, Detroit
      • Thursday, July 26 at Wayne County Community College, 1001 West Fort, Detroit
      • Monday, July 30 at Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyer, Detroit
    • Details at 313-259-4407 or info@DetroitLongTerm.com
  • Strong Regions: Successfully Competing for Federal Transportation Funding in the 21st Century
    • A workshop on financing transit projects in a post-earmark era, featuring Deputy Secretary of Transportation John Porcari
    • Wednesday, August 15 from 9am-3pm
      • at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave in Dearborn
    • Especially for transit planners and policy makers
    • RSVP and get more info at 202-955-5543x224 or rochelle.carpenter@t4America.org
  • Public Meetings to Drive Michigan's Transportation Future: Revising 2035 MI Transportation Plan
    • Give feedback on the draft long-range plan, available at www.Michigan.gov/slrp beginning Aug. 1
    • Everyone urged to attend one and have your say!!
    • Multiple events - all open houses from 5-7pm with brief presentations at 5:15 and 6:15pm
      • Thursday, August 16, Summit on the Park, 46000 Summit Parkway, Canton
      • Thursday, August 16, at the MDOT Trasportation Service Center, 1060 W. Fort St in Detroit
      • Wednesday, August 22, at the Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave.

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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!

Thanks to Everyone who Signed the Complete Streets Petition - all 2,500 of you!

A big thank you to everyone who took time to sign the Complete Streets petition or send comments directly!  Despite a super-short public comment period, nearly 2,5000 people signed the petition, which was submitted to the Michigan State Transportation Commission last week.  Hopefully they will seriously consider our input and strengthen their draft policy for implementing  Complete Streets on state roads.
Once finalized, this policy will direct MDOT planners on how 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 was a good startthe policy needs to be clearer, more specific, and include firm timelines
The internal MDOT team met yesterday to go through the public comments and made recommendations for revisions to MDOT management.  The revised policy will be sent to the STC for their review, discussion, and most likely adoption on July 26 (the meeting is in Midland).  
Michiganders have made it clear. We want safe and convenient transportation choicesAnd we want better, safer, and more Complete Streets!


FYI - The TRU office will be closed this Thursday and Friday.  Feel free to contact us before or after with any comments, questions, ideas or concerns.  We're always interested in hearing from you! 

                                          Megan

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