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Election season tip for you Supporter. Question candidates about their plans to improve transit!!  Details below.  Plus don't miss your last chance to say at our Trans4M Community Forums. Read on . . .

Want Better Transit?  Ask Political Candidates What They Plan to Do About It!

In case you hadn't noticed, it's election season. Everywhere you turn there are candidates for local, county, state, and federal office asking for your vote. What a great opportunity!!!

Now more than ever, candidates for public office are listening to you. So 

If you want better public transit, one of the most important things you can do this year is to ask questions about transit to candidates.

Who?  Ask questions to candidates for any public office, including candidates for city council, county commission, county executive, state legislature, and congress!

Where? At candidate forums, town hall meetings, on campaign websites, at coffee hours, parades, and any other opportunity to talk with the candidates.

What questions?  Ask about whatever aspect of transit you care about most, whether that is getting better bus service, funding for rapid transit, federal funding for high speed rail, or anything else. Sample questions available.

Just don't let them get away with vague platitudes of support. Ask for specifics!

And if you have a chance, make sure to tell the candidate why transit matters to you, especially if you ride the bus.

Your question to today's candidate may help convince tomorrow's decision-maker!!

So thanks for your help!      

Macomb County Community Forum Next Thursday in Warren - Last One in SE MI!

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.

If you've attended one of these, thanks for your input!

If not, you've got one more chance to come out and have your say on how funding needs to make our vision a reality. The last remaining local events is the Macomb County Forum:

  • Next Thursday, August 9, 6:30-8:30pm
  • At the Warren Civic Center (north of 12 Mile and just east of Van Dyke)

Additional events elsewhere in Michigan - everyone is welcome at any event.

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 Have Your Say on MDOT's Official Long-Range Transportation Plan

Every few years, MDOT updates the state's long-range transportation plan - the document that shapes nearly every transportation investment in Michigan.  Well, they're at it again!

Starting today, you can give feedback on the draft long-range plan, available at www.Michigan.gov/slrp through Aug. 31.

They are holding a series of events around the state to invite public input.  Mark your calendar for one of these SE Michigan open house-style events (which each run from 5-7pm with brief presentations at 5:15 and 6:15pm):

    • Thursday, August 16, Summit on the Park, 46000 Summit Parkway, in 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.

Call 517-373-9534 or visit www.Michigan.gov/slrp for more information.

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 Urge Your Friends to Sign Our 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.  We've got 1,000 so far, but still need your help!
Make sure to urge your friends to do the same!!
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.  Thanks for helping us demonstrate the broad will of the region to demand better transit!

As always, feel free to contact us before or after with any comments, questions, ideas or concerns.  We're always interested in hearing from you! 


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