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Greetings Supporter.  Curious about M-1 Rail plans, or future transportation plans for Michigan and Detroit?  You've got several opportunities to learn more and have your say, so read on!

Public Open House on the M-1 Rail Streetcar Project - TODAY!

Do you have questions about the M-1 Rail project and it's plans for Woodward?

Do you have concerns or ideas about how to make it better?

Then come TODAY to the Public Open House about the M-1 Rail Streetcar Project:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, 3pm - 7pm
    • Stop by anytime. There is no formal presentation.
  • At the MSU Detroit Center, 3408 Woodward
    • (two blocks south of Mack Ave in midtown Detroit)

This event will provide an update on the M-1 Rail (Woodward Avenue) Streetcar Project, a 3.3 mile streetcar line proposed along Woodward Avenue between Downtown and the New Center areas of Detroit. 

FTA and MDOT are beginning a supplemental Environmental Assessment on this new version of the project (as it differs from the 9.3 mile Woodward Light Rail project that had been previously analyzed). They are seeking public input on potential impacts of the proposed project, especially on historic buildings, neighborhoods, and the local environment.  More information on the MDOT website.  

For meeting accomodations, contact MDOT's Bob Parsons at 517-373-9534.

Regional Transit Discussion in Ann Arbor, Featuring me and Conan Smith

Our friends at Concentrate Media have asked me to lead a discussion in Ann Arbor about what regional transit means for Washtenaw County and metro Detroit:

"Conversations about regional transportation in SE Michigan have been many many years in the making. Forward momentum here has been frustratingly slow. 

For some the issue is clear: if Michigan hopes to grow and prosper it must offer the citizens of its densest region more transportation options than just the automobile. Creating an effective and effcient transit system that services our entire region rather than just a few wealthy communities is a social and economic necessity.

So, how do we break through political and public stagnantion?

Concentrate has invited Megan Owens, executive director of 
Transportation Riders United and Washtenaw County Commissioner Conan Smith to talk about metro Detroit's efforts to establish a tri-county transportation system, and how Wahstenaw County can not only grow its own system but best integrate with the rest of the region. We'll also have a member of the AATA to join Conan and Megan for questions.

We expect an informartive and spirited conversation and look forward to your participation.


WHEN :     Thursday, August 23rd, 2012, 5:00-6:30pm
Conor O'Neill's in downtown Ann Arbor (318 South Main)
WHO:        The event is free and open to Concentrate's readers, but seating is limited so RSVP below.

Doors open at 4:45pm. Refreshments will be served and the speaker program will begin at 5:05pm.

Conversation and questions are welcome afterward. 
Sign up now for this August 23rd event!"

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 Help Get More Signers on our Transit Bill of Rights - Last Two Weeks!!

As you've seen, we've been working all summer to get thousands of people to sign onto our Transit Bill of Rights for Greater Detroit.  With the hard work of our summer interns and from transit supporters like you, we've gotten over 1,500 signed!  Bravo!!

We've got just two weeks to reach our goal of 3,000, before we compile all of them and present them to the region's transit decision makers.  And we need your help!!

  1. If you haven't yet signed, please sign the Transit Bill of Rights TODAY!
  2. SHARE it with your friends, urging them to sign on as well!
  3. Volunteer at the last few big festivals of the summer to get hundreds more people to sign onto this powerful statement.  Email Ruth to sign up!
  • Arts, Beats, and Eats - Labor Day weekend in Royal Oak
  • Dally in the Alley - Saturday September 8 in Detroit's Cass Corridor
  • Ferndale's Funky Arts Festival - September 14-16

Thanks to everyone who has made this effort a big success!!

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 Intern With TRU!

Attention Detroit transit supporters!
TRU is looking for fall interns who can help us spread the word about essential transit issues:
  • Community Outreach interns: These interns will help us coordinate events, community promotions, and volunteer involvement within a specific area. If you are well-organized, motivated, and like talking to people about transit, this is the position for you.
  • Web and Social Media intern: TRU is switching to a brand-new webpage, and is looking to expand its Facebook presence as well. This intern will work with both sites, as well as YouTube and more.
  • Design intern: This intern will head up design work to help TRU better express the importance of Detroit transit, through posters, brochures, logos, and the like.
TRU has been around since 1999, and has a well-established intern structure in place. These internships are unpaid, but interns will gain valuable experience and contacts in and around the world of Detroit transit. Interns can expect to spend between 10 and 20 hours a week, and must have transportation to TRU's office in downtown Detroit at least weekly.

If one of these positions sounds right for you, please send resume and cover letter to mowens@DetroitTransit.org ASAP.

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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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