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Greetings Supporter.  What do you want Michigan's transportation future to look like?  Well this is your chance to tell MDOT and help shape their long-range plan!!

Tell MDOT:  More Transportation Options, NOT More Highways!

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is updating its 2035 Long-Range Transportation Plan to guide state investments for the next 20 years.

MDOT is seeking public comment on the draft version of its Long Range Transportation Plan, but only through Friday!

MDOT’s own adopted vision says the future transportation system must “respond to the public’s demand for more transit and non-motorized choices.” According to the vision, “better public access and mobility…will be a higher priority than building a larger system.”

Unfortunately, the draft Long Range Plan falls short of that vision. Instead, it predicts that we’ll be driving even more in 2035 than we do now, in spite of increasingly unaffordable gas, our aging population, and a younger generation that’s seeking other ways to get around.  And they're still planning to spend a billion dollars to widen I-94.

Tell MDOT to fix their plan!!

  1. SIGN our petition to demand more transportation options, not more highways for our state!
  2. SHARE the petition with all your friends and interested groups and urge them to sign it too.
  3. Send your own personal message to MDOT with your own concerns and comments at parsonsb@michigan.gov.

And please act now! We only have until Friday!!  

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

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 a few 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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 Office Volunteer Needed

Do you want to help TRU work for more and better transit?

Are you good at typing, filing, and other basic office tasks?

Do you have a few hours during each work week to help TRU?

Then you may be just the person we're looking for!  We need a reliable, responsible volunteer to come into TRU's downtown Detroit office for several hours each week during the work day to help with simple but essential tasks like:

  • Typing volunteer information to keep our spreadsheet up to date; 
  • Adding email addresses to this e-newsletter list to reach more people;
  • Sorting transit papers into our file cabinets for easy recall;
  • Copying factsheets to prepare for big outreach events; and
  • Other office tasks to keep our staff focused on big stuff!

Please email Ruth with a summary of your relevant experience and your availability and we'll see if its a good fit!  It may not be the most exciting work, but it will be a huge help in making TRU a more effective advocate for more and better transit!  Thanks!

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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! 

                                          Megan

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