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Join us Supporter in congratulating the nominees for our Regional Transit Awards - listed below. And buy your tickets today for the Awards dinner to see who wins, plus support TRU! Read on . . . 

 Come to 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 transit people 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.  RSVP deadline extended. 

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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 Congratulate these Nominees for the Regional Transit Awards!

Please join us in congratulating these people and project for their efforts to improve Detroit area transit:

Nominees for Forward Motion Award for Most Effective Public Servant
  • Ray LaHood, Secretary of the US Dept of Transportation
  • Melissa Roy, Assistant Macomb County Executive 
  • Dennis Schornack, Senior Strategic Advisor to Gov. Snyder
  • Conan Smith, former Chair of the Washtenaw County Commission
 Nominees for Unsung Hero Award
  • Code for America, creators of the DOT text-my-bus schedule information system
  • Marie Donigan, former State Legislator 
  • John Swatosh, Deputy General Manager at SMART
  • Laura Trudeau, Detroit Program Manager for the Kresge Foundation
 Nominees for Corporate Transit Champion:
  • Andy Basile, Jr.
  • Andy Didorosi, founder of the Detroit Bus Company
  • Michele Hodges, former Director of the Troy Chamber of Commerce
  • Indian Trails
Nominees for Transit Employee of the Year:
  • Michael Childs, DDOT driver
  • Ron Freeland, DDOT Interim Director
  • Barbara Hansen, Director of the Detroit People Mover
  • Larry Tiller, DDOT Scheduling Manager
Nominees for Exemplary Innovation Award:
  • AirRide (Ann Arbor Transportation Authority)
  • Evol Johnson-Winter, creator of "Stop 313" iPhone app 
  • Detroit Bus Company
  • Freshwater Transit
Nominees for Citizen Activist of the Year:
  • Joel Batterman
  • Neil Greenberg
  • Cindy Reese
  • Daniel Duane Spyker

Join us at the Regional Transit Awards dinner on May 21 to find out which nominee will win the award for each category!  

Buy your tickets today!!!

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Take the Commuter Challenge!

The Commuter Challenge is a month-long event encouraging the use of eco-friendly commuting, such as taking the bus, car- or vanpooling, biking, walking and telecommuting to reduce our carbon footprint, free up traffic congestion and promote our own health.

For every commute a participant logs, they will be entered into a drawing for great prizes, such as Tigers tickets, hotel stays, gift cards and much more!

The Commuter Challenge is great time for you to try a new mode of transportation to work and reap several benefits. In the 2012 challenge we had over 900 participants from over 200 companies. This year we hope to increase these numbers!

How Does the Challenge Work?:
  • Sign up here and start receiving updates and communications on the challenge
  • Explore alternative commutes to work through May 31st
  • Log your trips weekly
  • Win great prizes! 

Explore other transportation options to find which mode best fits your lifestyle. So what motivates you?

  • Your Health?

  • Reducing your stress level?

  • Saving money?

  • Reducing your carbon footprint?

"When I took the challenge in 2012, I discovered a new way to commute to work. Now, instead of driving my car to work, I ride the bus. I can read during my commute and not worry about finding a parking spot or dealing with the stress of traffic. Now I use public transportation every day." ~Mike H.

Go ahead…Start exploring your new commute to work!.  

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Welcome New Baby!

As many of you have heard, I just had a new baby. Baby Natalia Yulia Marker-Owens was born on Wednesday, May 24, at 5:30am, weighing in a 6 pounds 4 ounces.

Mama, big sister Katerina, and the whole family are doing well.  

I'll be working limited hours for the next few months as I spend time with my growing family. Ruth and the new staff are taking on much of my work, although I'm still around a few partial days each week.

Thanks for all the warm wishes and patience during this special time.  

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


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