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I hope you had a very enjoyable Thanksgiving, Supporter. Tomorrow starts the Legislature's lame duck session, but will they act?!?  Read on and help out. . .

RTA Action in Lame Duck?  Help Push the Senate Leader to Make it Happen

Tomorrow starts "Lame Duck," when the Michigan legislature will be back in session for just a few short weeks before ending for the year. As I've reported before, it could mean big progress for the RTA!

Senate Majority Leader Richardville has said he'll hold the vote this week!  We've got a majority of the Michigan Senate committed to supporting the RTA once they finally get a chance to vote on it.  But vocal opponents and other issues could still distract, as they have before. 

Please keep up the pressure!  Help us get 1,000 calls to Leader Richardville!

Call Senate Leader Richardville TODAY at 517-373-3543 and tell him to schedule the vote! 

Or if you prefer, you can email Senate Leader Richardville.

Got another minute or two to help?  
  • Call Sen. Meekoff too (toll-free 866-305-2130).  He manages the Senate schedule, so urge him to put the RTA on the schedule!
  • Senator Coleman Young who claims he supports transit may vote against the bill.  Everyone in downtown, midtown and the east side of Detroit should give him a call too at 517-373-7346!

Plus keep the calls coming to all the Senators and House members, so they're ready to pass the RTA!!

If you're really motivated, come to Lansing with us this Wednesday to meet with legislators!! Contact me for all the details.

You can also help spread the word by downloading, printing, and distributing this factsheet / action alert / FAQ (pdf) to your friends and colleagues!  This information and more is also available online.

And thanks!!

Reminder:  TRU is Accepting Applications for New Board Members - Due Today

Are you interested in a more active role in revializing our region?

Would you like to help TRU expand our advocacy and impact?

Do you have skills, connections, and leadership to contribute?

Then apply to join TRU's Board of Directors!

TRU’s Board of Directors sets our policies and goals through strategic planning, reviews and ratifies the decisions of our committees, ensures TRU has the financial resources to succeed, and is responsible for our legal obligations and organizational values. Board members are also often on the committees that, with staff, get our work done. 

We want a Board that reflects the best of Detroit:  Diverse, dynamic and dedicated to getting the job done. We are especially seeking Detroit residents, business people, and people with fundraising experience or public relations skills at this time.

Please review our Becoming a TRU Board Member guide to learn more and complete the Board Application / Nomination form to apply.  The deadline is TODAY, Nov. 26, (contact me asap if you're interested but cannot get the application in today).  Later this week TRU’s Executive Board will evaluate Board candidates in comparison to the skills and connections we need on our Board and make recommendations to the full Board of Directors, then the full membership.

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 Support Detroit Transit, Give to TRU! 

As you plan your year-end giving, Supporter, please consider giving to TRU 

Why?

1)  Transportation is essential to get to work, buy groceries, visit doctors, and more.  

2)  People who cannot drive must rely on public transit for these daily needs.

3)  Public transit in Detroit fails the needs of thousands in our community who depend on it.  

That's why TRU is dedicated to improving transit throughout greater Detroit.  TRU works to build public understanding and mobilize public support for a high quality transit system that leaves no one behind. Together we can persuade our region’s leaders to make the necessary investments to build that system.

For more than ten years, TRU has built public support and ensured that transit has been included in critical public debates, whether in Detroit, Lansing or beyond. We are broadly seen as the transit advocate for greater Detroit, turned to by media and decision makers alike for reliable facts and realistic recommendations.    

Help us succeed in our mission. Donate Today!  It is simple and secure to donate online.  

With your help we can move this region forward, ensuring all people have reliable access to jobs and giving our region the economic boost it needs! 


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                                         Megan

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