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Hi Supporter.  After months of inaction, the Legislature is finally taking up the RTA bills!!  Plus don't miss our fall meeting Wednesday about the role of transportation in Detroit's long-term plan.  Read on . . .

Michigan Legislature to Take on the Regional Transit Authority Bills this Month - Have Your Say!!

After a long summer of inaction, the Michigan legislature is finally going to take some action on the Regional Transit Authority bills soon. 

  • The Michigan House has scheduled a committee hearing on the RTA bills for September 27, asking TRU, SEMCOG, Suburbs Alliance, MOSES and others to testify.  If you can be in Lansing that day, come join us!

  • Also, Senate Majority Leader Richardville has promised to schedule a vote in the full Senate this month!

Every other big city has learned that effective regional transit requires and effective Regional Transit Authority!  SB 909 and 911 would establish an RTA for Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties, including Detroit, to coordinate, fund, improve, and expand public transit!

Make sure your legislator knows how important the RTA is: Tell your Legislators to support Regional Transit!!

Then make sure to urge your friends and family to do the same!  Thanks.


RSVP Today for TRU's Fall Meeting on 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!!

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

Special Meeting on 

Transportation in Detroit's Long-Term Plan!

Next 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. 

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 DDOT Offers Text-Your-Bus for Real-Time Arrival Info - What's Your Experience? 

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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Reminder:  Hiring a Part-Time Bus Campaign Coordinator - deadline tomorrow!

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! 


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