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Hi Supporter.  I'll be testifying in support of the RTA bills Thursday; please help echo my voice with your calls and emails to legislators this week!!  Plus make sure you and all your friends are registered to vote.  Read on . . .

Remind Your Legislators that We Need a Regional Transit Authority to Improve Transit!!

The Michigan legislature is finally taking some action on the RTA bills, with a hearing this Thursday before the House Transportation Committee. 

I'll be testifying at the Capitol Thursday, along with Macomb Exec Mark Hackel, MDOT Chief Kirk Steudle, Washtenaw Commission Chair Conan Smith, SMART chief John Hertel, and representatives of the City of Detroit, Oakland County, M-1 Rail, the Federal Transit Administration, SEMCOG, the business community, and local bus riders and other transit supporters!

You're invited too! Hop on the bus with me and our friends from MOSES and the Detroit Bus Company early Thursday morning to come up and speak out too! (Contact MOSES at 313-962-5290 for details and to reserve your seat.)

Can't make it to Lansing? We need your help from wherever you are!

We've got to make sure all legislators know how important the RTA is!  

You can call them directly or

Use this link to send a quick email: Tell your Legislators to support Regional Transit!!

With your help, we've gotten 300 emails to our legislators in the past week!  Let's hit 1000 by Friday!!  Urge your friends and family from all across Michigan to send this urgent message too!


Remember to Register to VOTE

In 2008, 6 million Americans didn't vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn't know how to register. In 2012, we want to make sure no one is left out.

That's why we're joining with thousands of groups and celebrities to make sure everyone is reminded to register to vote!  The deadline in Michigan is October 9.  

Think you're registered?  Make sure!!  (The state Voter Info Center will also provide your voting location and sample ballot.)

Need to register or change your registration?  Go to any city or county clerk office or the Secretary of State, or download and mail in the form.

Questions?  Go to Michigan.gov/VOTE or Vote411.org.  

Remind your friends, family, co-workers, bus buddies, and co-workers to register too!  Thanks!!

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 Upcoming Events 

Public Meeting on the Chicago-Detroit-Pontiac Train Line

  • Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 26, between 4-7pm
  • At the Double Tree Hilton, 5801 Southfield Expressway, Dearborn, MI
  • MDOT, Federal Railroad Administration, and others are evaluating passenger rail improvements to provide a competitive transportation alternative to driving, flying or busing between the Detroit area and the Chicago area.
  • A series of public meetings will be held in preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement.  Additional meetings 9/12 in Chicago, 9/13 in Indiana, and 9/27 in Kalamazoo.
  • More information at www.GreatLakesRail.org or 877-351-0853

Model D Speaker Series: Transportation and Business Development

  • Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 6:00pm
  • Great Lakes Coffee 3965 Woodward Ave Detroit, MI 48201
  • We'll hear from representatives of the small business community, local anchor institutions, economic development experts, and transit advocates about the ways in which a well-connected, multi-modal transit system can benefit the local economy.
  • Panelists will include: moderator Achille Bianchi, community manager, writer, and photographer for Mode Shift; Sue Mosey, President, Midtown Detroit Inc.; Bob Riney, President and COO, Henry Ford Health System; Leslie Smith, President and CEO TechTown; and Jim Geary, Owner, Woodbridge Pub.
  • Bike, bus, walk, or if you must, drive over to Great Lakes Coffee at 3965 Woodward Ave. Have yourself an amazing pour over coffee or grab a pint of Michigan beer and settle in at this new business that's ready for bike lanes and trains to come its way. Please register here.
  • This Model D Speaker Series is presented by Model DMetromodeMode Shift, and Huffington Post, with support by MSHDAMEC, and Trans4M.

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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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