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Quick reminder Supporter. The M-1 Rail hearing is today! Details and TRU's position below. Plus TRU is hiring.  Details below . . . 

 Woodward Streetcar Project (M-1 Rail) Public Hearing TODAY  

Reminder - today is your chance to ask questions and share your thoughts and concerns about the M-1 Rail Woodward streetcar project. 

MDOT and the Federal Transit Administration have completed an assessment of the expected social, economic, and environmental impacts of the project, which you can view online

Woodward Streetcar Public Hearing

Thurday, Feb. 28, 2013, 4pm to 7pm

(formal presentation at 5pm, stop by anytime)

Detroit Main Library, 5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit


Call 517-373-9534 with questions or to request interpreters or other accommodations.

Additional information is available on the MDOT website:

You can also submit comments on the project through March 14.

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TRU's Position on M-1 Rail

Several people have asked for more details about TRU's position on the M-1 Rail project.  As you may know, we strongly advocated for a more rapid center-running light rail on Woodward Avenue, and still think that would be best.  

However, that's not the project that is approved and funding.  So evaluating the M-1 Rail project independently of shouldas and couldas, we developed this position: 

TRU supports the M-1 Rail streetcar as a positive step in providing an attractive, reliable transit option.

As TRU has said time and again, greater Detroit needs more and better transit options, both for local residents and to increase the region’s competitiveness against other metro areas, which M-1 Rail will provide.

We fully recognize what the project is NOT:

  • It is NOT a silver bullet to solve Detroit’s transit troubles; but one important step forward.

  • It is NOT a replacement for DDOT or SMART bus service; we must have a broad regional system that includes buses, rail, and other options.

  • It is NOT rapid transit; it is designed to primarily be a circulator, although it is expected to travel somewhat faster than current DDOT buses.

Download TRU's position statement for more details on the M-1 Rail project, TRU's position, and the project's strengths and weaknesses.

 Seeking Nominations for Regional Transit Awards (with correct link)

Who do you think has done the most to improve regional transit over the past year?  

TRU will present Regional Transit Awards on May 21 to recognize the essential work individuals, organizations, and businesses have done over the past year to improve transit throughout greater Detroit.

Who do you think should be recognized?  Submit your nominations asap - deadline is extended to March 15!   

(Link corrected!)

We'll narrow the list to the top nominees in each category and a special advisory group will select the top nominee in each category for the top award.

The top nominees and award winners will all be recognized at TRU's big Regional Transit Awards dinner on May 21.  Mark your calendar for the celebration!   

Also, we're seeking some help in planning this great event.  If you're interested in sponsoring it, providing silent auction donations, or helping us seek sponsors and/or silent auction donations, please let me know!!

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 TRU is Hiring!  

To effectively tackle all the exciting and important transit happenings, TRU is hiring!  We will be accepting applications through March 8 for two paid positions:

  • Community Engagement Manager
    • We are seeking an organized, outgoing person with substantial experience in community engagement, volunteer management and public speaking to manage our community engagement and DDOT bus campaigns.
      • The community engagement campaign is designed to educate and engage people throughout southeast Michigan to recognize the value of investing in regional transit improvements.
      • The bus campaign is designed to document and report on bus timeliness and customer service. Must be familiar with DDOT bus system. 
    • This is a full-time position with salary and benefits
    • Download the position description(pdf) for details and how to apply.
  • Office Manager
    • We are seeking a highly-organized person with substantial office management experience to enable smooth daily operations of our small office. Experience with a nonprofit advocacy organization is a plus.
    • This is a part-time position of appx 25 hours/week paid an hourly wage.
    • Download the position description(pdf) for details and how to apply.
Please note, these both require specific experience, so please review the job description and required experience sections carefully. 
To apply, send a resume and cover letter as described in the full position descriptions.  Please do not call.
Thanks!

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Quick staffing note - Michael Boettcher is no longer working with TRU.  Feel free to contact me with any TRU business or for Michael's personal email address.

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

                                         Megan

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