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Hi Supporter.  It may still be deep winter, but we're thinking spring - about our Regional Transit Awards dinner May 21 and who should be recognized!  Read on . . . 

Another Chance to Learn About the RTA!

Thanks so much to everyone who came out for TRU's Annual Meeting Monday.  Special thanks to our RTA panel, including:

  • RTA Board members Richard Murphy and Liz Gerber
  • Assistant Macomb County CEO Melissa Roy, and
  • Deputy Wayne County Executive Heaster Wheeler.

If you missed it, check out the full presentation, including:

  • TRU's 2012 Year-in-Review and Priorities for 2013

  • Election of TRU Board Members
  • How the RTA Got Passed (Finally!!)
  • What the RTA Is and Isn't
  • And How To Get Involved to Make It Great!

I've also posted an RTA Overview presentation for anyone who would like to share it.

Thanks again for everyone who made it such a wonderful event.

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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 Save-the-Date:  Regional Transit Awards Dinner May 21

Mark your calendar for this fabulous fundraising dinner to be hosted by TRU on May 21, 2013. 

TRU will present Regional Transit Awards recognizing the essential workindividuals, organizations, and businesses have done over the past year to improve transit throughout greater Detroit, in the following categories: 

  • Citizen Activist of the Year
  • Corporate Transit Champion
  • Transit Employee of the Year
  • Exemplary Regionalism & Innovation Award
  • Forward Motion Award for Most Effective Public Servant
  • Top Progressive Initiative Award

Who do you think should be recognized?  We are now accepting nominations!!

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 TRU's Board of Directors 

As a nonprofit organization, TRU is overseen and managed by our Board of Directors.  TRU is pleased to welcome our new Board members:

  • 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

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,                           


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