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Hi Supporter!  Michigan may be in a deep freeze but transit advocacy is still hot, hot, hot!  Come to TRU's Annual Meeting Monday to learn all about the new RTA and more!  Read on . . . 


We've Got an RTA, So What's Next?  Come to TRU's Annual Meeting to Find Out!!

TRU's big Annual Meeting is next Monday! 

It will feature everything you want to know about the new Regional Transit Authority and more!  

  • Meet some of the new RTA Board members and learn their goals and plans;

  • Hear from Deputy County Executives who will help choose the other RTA Board members;

  • Find out how the RTA got passed and thank some of the key players who made it happen;

  • Learn what the RTA will actually do and get your questions answered;

  • Get details of next steps and key dates for the RTA and how you can get involved;

  • Plus approve and welcome TRU's new Board of Directors!

Next MondayJanuary 28, 6:00-8:30pm

Chase Tower, 611 Woodward in downtown Detroit

Please RSVP online, on Facebook, or at 313-963-8872.

Additional details:

Everyone is welcome to attend.  Please invite friends! 

Registration and refreshments at 6pm. Program begins at 6:30pm and will wrap up by 8:15pm.

Best to enter Chase Tower from the north end, on W. Fort Street, across from Campus Martius, below the building-sized Quicken ad.  The event will be on the 7th floor and volunteers will be on hand to direct you.

There is no cost for the event.  Donations are always welcome and it is a great opportunity to support TRU’s work as Detroit’s transit advocate. 

Members who have donated within the past 12 months will be invited to vote for the slate of new TRU Board members.

With additional questions or to RSVP, call TRU’s office at 313-963-8872.


Demand Strong Leaders for the New RTA!

Don't forget, passing the law to create the RTA was just the beginning! 

Now we need to make sure the new Authority is strong and effective. By March, Detroit’s Mayor and the County Executives need to appoint members to the new RTA Board of Directors, which will hire a CEO, approve a new regional transit plan, set the advisory committee, and more.

The RTA will only be as good as the people running it.

To ensure that the RTA is effective, board members must:

  1. Understand the many benefits of great regional transit;

  2. Be focused on regional solutions; and

  3. Operate in an open, transparent process that involves the community.

Take Action!  Tell your leader you want board members appointed with these key qualities.

• Detroit Mayor Bing at 313-224-3400 
• Oakland Exec. Patterson at 248-858-0484 
• Macomb Executive Hackel at 586-469-7001 
• Wayne Executive Ficano at 313-224-0286

Or use our quick online action tool to send an email.  Then encourage your friends to do the same.  Thanks!!

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 Lights, Camera, Transportation!  Share Your Story Video Contest

Let the cameras roll!  The Transportation for Michigan (Trans4M) coalition wants your help to create a portrait of Michigan’s transportation systems. Capture your transportation story on film:

  1. How would you like to get around?
  2. What do you like/dislike about your community’s or Michigan’s transportation system? 
  3. How you would you change your community’s or Michigan transportation system?
  4. How should these transformations be funded?
  5. If given a chance to talk with Michigan decision-makers about your transportation visions, what would you ask of them?

Grab your camera, cell phone, or any video capturing device, and put your transportation stories on film.  All participants will be entered into a raffle to win one of 20 $50 gift cards. The organization with the most videos submitted on their behalf will win $1000 too!

To make it even easier, a Trans4M staffer will be at TRU's Annual Meeting Monday with a video camera to capture your story right then! Email Dans@Trans4M.org if you want him to capture your story.

For more information, visit http://trans4m.org/share-your-story/, Follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@t4michigan) for more information.

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 TRU's Board of Directors 

As a nonprofit organization, TRU is overseen and managed by our Board of Directors. This volunteer group of hardworking transit supporters from across the region oversees TRU's policy priorities, our budget and finances, our legal issues and ethics, and otherwise ensures that the donors who fund us and the taxpayers (who support indirectly through our tax-deductible status) are well served by our work.

In November, TRU held an open call for nominations for new Board members and carefully vetted those applicants.  Our Executive Board and our full Board of Directors is pleased to recommend the following slate of individual to join the Board:

  • Michael Bridges, Farmington Hills City Council member
  • Chris Khorey, Urban Planner with McKenna
  • David Norwood, Sustainability Manager for the City of Dearborn
  • Susan Titus, Wayne State professor of Social Work / Community Organizing
  • Erik Tungate, City Manager of Oak Park

At our Annual Meeting Monday, current TRU members (who have donated within the past year) will be invited to vote to approve this slate for 2013-2015.  Please review our Becoming a TRU Board Member guide to learn more about our Board and the process for joining.   

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For even more up-to-the-minute updates, videos, articles, and more, make sure to like TRU on our Facebook page:  Support Detroit Transit.  And make sure to add your thoughts and share our posts with your friends!

As always, feel free to contact us before or after with any comments, questions, ideas or concerns.  Thanks,                           

                                         Megan

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