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It's time, Supporter. Join us for TRU's big annual fundraiser - the Regional Transit Awards dinner! Read on . . . 

 Don't Miss The Regional Transit Awards, TRU's Fundraising Dinner!

There are many people working hard on great efforts to provide more and better transit for greater Detroit. Help us recognize them at:

The Regional Transit Awards

TRU's Annual Fundraising Dinner

at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial on Tuesday evening, May 21 

  • Hors d'Oeuvres and Silent Auction at 5:30pm
  • Dinner at 6:30pm
  • Award Program at 7:00pm  

Please join us for a wonderful evening supporting TRU's advocacy and celebrating the best of Detroit transitpeople and possibilities!  

Buy your dinner tickets today! 

Your $75 dinner ticket includes the hors d'oeuvres reception, full dinner, and award ceremony, plus a donation to support TRU's ongoing transit advocacy.  Please RSVP by May 1. 

We are also seeking corporate sponsors and silent auction donations to further support the event and TRU's work.  Please contact me for details. 

I look forward to seeing you there!

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 Great Public Welcome for new RTA!

Thanks so much to everyone who helped welcome the first official RTA Board meeting last Wednesday! Our march, "birthday party" press event, and meeting testimony all went wonderfully.

Dozens of regional transit supporters from all across the four-county region braved the rain to march downtown with signs, balloons, songs, and chants.

We then took over the SEMCOG lobby for a powerful and diverse set of statements of why regional transit improvement is so important.

“When we didn’t have an RTA, we felt like we didn’t have hope,” said Cindy Reese of Detroit. “Now, we have to get behind our new authority, and show them how we support them.”

We then delivered a birthday card and cake to the new RTA Board members to celebrate this great new era in regional transit! Joel Batterman even wrote a song for the occasion:

"Oh the Motor City region did once teach the world to drive
But today too many of us lack the wheels to survive
A fresh new birth of transit will help all of us to thrive
And we’ll all go riding on. . . "

The actual business of the RTA's first meeting was a bit anticlimactic after all our fun, but they did develop committees, discuss the Citizen's Advisory Committee, and listen to strong public testimony. They have lots of administrative business to do, but clearly got the message that the public is paying close attention and we expect to be actively involved throughout!

Check out some of the media coverage and other summaries of the event:

  • Detroit Free Press: "Transit advocates celebrate as regional authority gets to work" (article and great video summary)
  • MLive: "Praise for birth of Metro Detroit's Regional Transit Authority mixed with concern for Fair Grounds site at first meeting" (article plus great photo slideshow and videos)
  • Trans4M blog: "Happy Birthday RTA! :: Trans4M Celebrates Birth of Regional Transit Authority at First Meeting"
  • Michigan NOW: "Loving Detroit But Leaving It If No Transit Built"
  • HuffPost Detroit: "Michigan Regional Transit Authority Board Holds Optimistic First Meeting"
  • Michigan Radio: "Southeast Michigan's Regional Transit Authority holds first meeting"
  • Crain's Detroit Business: "RTA board sets structure, appoints counsel in first meeting"

Stay tuned for lots more to come!!

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Reminder: Have Your Say on Woodward Rapid Transit!

News on the Woodward Rapid Transit Alternatives Analysis:

"After extensive analysis and community input, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) has emerged as the preferred modal option for rapid transit along Woodward."

Do you agree?  

How can we make sure it's the best BRT ever?

Have your say at the upcoming public meetings on Woodward Avenue Rapid Transit this month.

Learn more about BRT and how it was chosen. Give your input on BRT routes, potential station locations and on local feeder bus routes.
  • Wed., April 17, 6:30 pm - 8 pm
    • St. James Catholic Church, 241 W. Pearson St., Ferndale, 48220
  • Tues., April 23, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    • Detroit Public Library, Main Branch, 5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48202
  • Thurs., April 25, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    • Berkley Community Center, 2400 Robina Ave., Berkley, 48072
  • Sat., April 27, 11 am to 1 pm
    • Detroit Public Library, Main Branch, 5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 48202
  • Tues., April 30, 6 pm to 8 pm
    • Manresa Jesuit Retreat House, 1390 Quarton Road, Bloomfield Hills, 48304
Background: SEMCOG is conducting the Woodward Avenue Rapid Transit Alternatives Analysis (AA) project to review rapid transit options for a 27-mile corridor along Woodward Avenue from downtown Detroit to downtown Pontiac. The AA process will take a comprehensive look at regional mobility needs in southeast Michigan and guide the alternatives discussion through a streamlined environmental review process. The Woodward corridor is the first of four corridors in the governor's proposal for a new 113-mile regional transit network. The AA phase will be completed in early 2014.  

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Welcome New TRU Staff!

I am pleased to introduce to you TRU’s new staff members, who both started today!

Ulrich Baker is TRU’s new Community Engagement Manager, who will help build support for transit improvement and mobilize people to action, especially at community events
 
A long-time Detroiter and WSU grad, Ulrich has great experience coordinating Detroit’s Youth Violence Prevention Initiative, implementing Safe Routes to Schools in high risk areas, teaching at Wayne County Community College and much more. 
 
Joy DeForrest is TRU’s new Office Manager, who will enable smooth daily operations of the TRU office, including managing communications, maintaining records, facilitating meeting logistics, and lots more.  Also a long-time Detroit and WSU grad, Joy spent several years managing the WSU offices and has been involved in Detroit Parent Network and numerous other Detroit organizations.  
 
Please join me in welcoming both of these wonderful new additions to the TRU family!

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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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