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HiSupporter! This week's got something for everyone: RTA Citizens' Advisory Committee applications, vote on I-94 widening, Woodward Complete Streets, and more!  Don't miss out on anything - read on . . . 

 Warriors on Wheels Celebrates Bus Driver Appreciation Day

Our friends and partners at Warriors on Wheels are hosting the first annual Bus Driver Appreciation Day tomorrow (Tuesday, June 18). It's a way to say thank you to the drivers who work so hard day in and day out to get us where we need to go. Despite nasty traffic, overcrowded buses, grumpy passengers, wage cuts, and other difficulties, most continue to serve us safely and courteously, with little thanks.

So stop by Rosa Parks Transit Center anytime between 9am and 3pm to join in the celebrations, including signs, balloons and music, plus gift bags for each driver and a special program at 12noon with remarks from City Council members, ATU, and bus riders. 

Or just take a moment to say a special thank you to your driver!  

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 Speak Out Against Wasteful Highway Widening - Key Vote Thursday!

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

Adding a lane to a few miles of 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, not to help local people, but to ease truck traffic crossing through our community.

The SEMCOG General Assembly will vote this Thursday on the 2040 plan and will consider an amendment to remove any widening of I-94 and I-75, instead just repair them.

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

Come to the SEMCOG meetingat 4:30pm at the Atheneum in Greektown and make a brief public comment opposing these widening projects!  There will also be a rally beforehand outside at 3pm - details on Facebook.  

Or if you can't attend, add your voice anyway. Use our quick online tool to voice your opposition to SEMCOG before Thursday!

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Tell Kevyn Orr NOT to Cut DDOT Bus Service or Funding!

Detroit needs Good Bus Service NO MATTER WHAT!

Mayor Bing and City Council agreed on a budget maintaining DDOT funding at $57 million, which should maintain current service.  But Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr could gut or change DDOT funding at any time.

Don’t Cut Bus Funding – Over the past two years, the City has cut DDOT funding - from $80 million a few years ago to $53 million in 2011 and $43 million this fiscal year. Less funding has resulted in services cuts.  TRU supports the $57 million approved 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. 

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

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Get More Involved!

There are more ways to get even more involved with essential transit issues:

 - Apply to work as TRU's part-time Office Manager

TRU is seeking an experienced office manager to help coordinate our small but busy office of transit advocates and volunteers.  The successful candidate will be efficient and well-organized, with great time management skills, and a focus on supporting the team's success. Download the job description and apply before July 7.

 - Apply for the new RTA's Citizens' Advisory Committee!

The CAC's purpose is to advise the RTA on transit issues, make suggestions for improvements in transit service, and advocate for greater funding for public transportation.  The CAC will be made up of 10-30 people from across the four-county region, including transit users, senior citizens, people with disabilities, people representing businesses, labor, community, and faith-based organizations.

Interested in serving on the CAC?  Submit a completed application by July 18. Download the RTA-approved CAC Policy for more details and qualifications.

 - Volunteer with TRU at upcoming festivals

All summer, TRU is talking with people about the RTA, the types of regional transit improvements peoeple want, and whether they are willing to pay a little more to get these improvements.  And we need your help to reach over 10,000 people this summer.

Join us at Detroit River Days, the fireworks, the Stars and Stripes Festival, Ann Arbor Art Fair, and other great gatherings around our region!  Contact our Community Engagement Manager Ulrich Baker at 313-963-8872 for more information and to sign up!

 - Share your thoughts on Woodward Complete Streets

Be part of the transformation of Woodward Avenue into a corridor that works for every mode of transportation. Join in this week in Detroit and Highland Park to talk, ride and walk Woodward Avenue. (Sorry for the short notice!!)
-- Tuesday, June 18, Detroit Walking Audit (9-noon), Highland Park Walking Audit (4-6pm) and Detroit Bicycling Tour (6-8pm). 
-- Wednesday, June 19, 5-7 pm -- Planning Concepts Presentation: Come Hear Ideas for Your Community.
-- Daily M-F, 9 am- 5 pm -- Open House for the community. Drop in and give planners your ideas.
Or crowdsource your comments on an interactive map:  
http://www.transformwoodwardmap.com/crowdsource/map

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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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