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Greetings Supporter! When it rains, it pours! And I'm not talking about April showers.

This week in transit includes the DDOT budget, proposed I-94 widening, metro Detroit Transit Workshop, plus TRU's Regional Transit Awards fundraising dinner!  Don't miss out on anything - read on . . . 

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

This is your last chance to join us for TRU's big fundraising dinner. Your chance to help use recognize the amazing people working so hard to provide more and better transit for greater Detroit. Join us next Tuesday at:

The Regional Transit Awards

TRU's Annual Fundraising Dinner

at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial next 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 tomorrow! 

I look forward to seeing you there!

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 Speak Out Against Wasteful Highway Widening

What do you think is the best way to spend $2.7 billion in transportation improvements for greater Detroit?

Adding a lane to I-94 to allow trucks to get from Indiana to Windsor a minute or two faster?

That's what MDOT and SEMCOG want to do. 

If you think this is as outrageous as I do, speak out now!!

SEMCOG's 2040 Long-Range Plan calls for widening 6.5 miles of I-94 through the heart of Detroit to four lanes in each direction. This will cost $2.7 billion over the next 15 years, starting with $120 million in the next four years.  They admit it really isn't to help local people, it is to ease truck traffic traveling through our community.

While the narrative of SEMCOG's 2040 long-range plan highlights the importance of sustainability and transit, the dollars don't lie.

Tell SEMCOG not to waste scarce transportation funding widening roads and highways!  Our region's population isn't growing, why should our roads?!?

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Tell Detroit Officials NOT to Cut DDOT Bus Service or Funding!

Detroit needs Good Bus Service NO MATTER WHAT!

Mayor Bing presented his budget proposal to the City Council on April 12. TRU is pleased that Mayor Bing recommended funding DDOT at $57 million from the General Fund.  Now Council and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr will decide the amount of DDOT funding.

Don’t Cut Bus Funding – Over the past two years, the City has cut DDOT funding - $53 million in 2011-12 and $43 million this fiscal year. Less funding has resulted in services cuts.  TRU supports the recommended $57 million for Fiscal Year 2013-14.

Don’t Cut Bus Service - In the past ten years, the City has cut over half of DDOT bus service, leaving too many people waiting too long for the buses they need. 

Call Detroit's Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr at (313) 224-3400. 

Then contact City Council.

Tell them: No bus funding cuts! No bus service cuts!  

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

                             Megan

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