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Greetings Supporter.  In addition to Michigan's transportation future, you can have a say on the role of transportation in Detroit's long-term plan, at TRU's fall meeting.  Plus check out the great new DDOT real-time text bus tracking service . . .

TRU's Fall Meeting 9/19: Transportation in Detroit's Long-Term Plan!

The Detroit Works Long-Term Plan has the potential to have huge impacts on Detroit's transportation system for years to come. And we have a chance right now to help shape it!!

So TRU is partnering with the Detroit Works Long-Term Planning team to host the

Special Meeting on 
Transportation in Detroit's Long-Term Plan!

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 6:00-8:30pm
at the Detroit Works Long-Term Planning Home Base
(2929 Russell Street in Detroit's Eastern Market)

All transit supporters and transportation-interested people should come to this event to:
  1. Learn about the Detroit Works Long-Term Plan, including its history, process, and goals; 
  2. Find out what transportation ideas are in the draft plan and how they could improve transit, impact Detroit's land use, help revitalize Detroit neighborhoods, and boost the whole region; and 
  3. Ask questions and offer your ideas and suggestions for improving the plan and shaping Detroit's transportation future!
Light refreshments and plenty of opportunity provided to explore the Detroit Works Long-Term Planning ideas posted throughout their Home Base, during the first and last half hour of the event.  The formal program will run 6:30-8:00pm. 

Please RSVP on Facebook, to TRUmember@DetroitTransit.org, or at 313-963-8872.    

Great New Text Message Service Tracking DDOT Buses in Real Time

Woo-hoo! Detroit is offering a text service for bus riders to find out the real time that their bus is going to arrive! 

The “Text My Bus“ program allows riders to text their nearest street address or intersection to “50464” and receive messages back indicating nearby bus routes, the closest bus stop and the arrival time for the next bus.

We've tried it out and it worked for us. Please try it and tell us your experience!  

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 Thanks to the 750 People who Signed our Petition on MDOT's Long-Range Plan! 

Wow!  

In just one week, we got over 750 people signed onto a petition calling on MDOT to improve their long-range transportation plan!

People signed from not only our normal supportive areas of Ferndale, Ann Arbor and Detroit, we got signers from every corner of Michigan!

- From larger cities like Kalamazoo, Jackson, Grand Rapids, and Lansing;
- From suburbs like Northville, Utica, Livonia, and Rochester Hills;
- From smaller towns like Dexter, Dewitt,Sutton's Bay, and Fremont;
- From far flung reaches of  the state, including Iron River, Ludington, Mackinac Island, and Caro;

- And from places I've never even heard of like Kingsley, Alto, Elsie, Grawn, Pelke, Bellaire, Muir, Fife Lake and more! 

We even got signers from Denver, Seattle, West Paducah KY, Holland (the country, not city), Delgany Ireland, and more. 

And they didn't just sign, most added powerful and personal reasons why:
  • "Because I have to get up at 4am to make a 8 am class on Saturday the bus in my city don't run early enough or I have to walk 30 min to catch a bus that does."
  • "Three out of four members of my family have been seriously injured by motor vehicles while riding our bicycles."
  • "We need to build places that are worth caring about rather than places that are easy to drive through."
  • "We are each of us one accident or one illness away from needing Public Transportation!
  • "More and more friends are aging and losing their license and NEED public transportation." 
  • "I would move back to detroit if there were more public transit options!"
  • "Environment, economy, health. What other reasons do you want?"

THANK YOU to everyone who signed!!!

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Hiring a Part-Time Bus Campaign Coordinator!

TRU is seeking a highly motivated, detail oriented person to coordinate its bus campaign on a temporary, contractual basis.

The Bus Campaign Coordinator will help recruit, train and coordinate volunteers who will be observing, evaluating and documenting Detroit Dept. of Transportation (DDOT) bus service at designated times and at various pre-selected locations in metro Detroit. The Coordinator may also assist in analyzing data, compiling a report and recommendations, and coordinating the presentation of the report to key public officials and to the media. Access to reliable transportation is required, because the Coordinator will need to travel to the various locations where the volunteers will be assigned.

This is a part-time (25 hours/week) paid position which is expected to last 6-8 weeks from September to mid-November 2012. Compensation commensurate with experience. No employment benefits will be provided. The Coordinator will report to the Assistant Director.

Download the full job description for additional details.  Please apply by September 15.

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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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