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Hi Supporter! Did you miss the Metro Detroit Transit Workshop back in May?  Want to learn how other regions succeeded in developing effective regional transit?  Read on . . . 

 Metro Detroit Transit Workshop Report Share Lessons for Transit Success

TRU is pleased to have helped plan an excellent workshop on the lessons metro Detroit can learn from other regions to plan, fund, and implement effective regional transit.  

Whether you attended and want a refresher or you couldn't make it and want to learn the great lessons, check out the new Workshop Report prepared by event coordinator Marie Donigan. It's packed full of important lessons, dynamic graphics, compelling quotes, essential next steps, and more.

And if that whets your appetite, visit the event website to find presentation videos, photos, graphics, and more.  

There's got to be a benefit of being the last in the country to develop effective regional transit - we can learn from everyone else and make sure we do it right!!

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 Don't Forget to Tell the RTA What You Want in Regional Transit!

Quick reminder - in the coming months, the RTA will develop a Regional Transit Plan detailing how they plan to improve transit.  

We want to make sure that plan matches what you want and need – that’s why we are asking for your support.  What improvements are important to you?  And because transit doesn’t come free, are you willing to pay a little more taxes for these improvements?  

If so, tell the RTA how YOU want transit to improve your life and boost our region!

And please invite your friends and others to do the same!  We've gotten input from nearly 2,000 people so far - help us break 2,500!!

 RTA Citizens' Advisory Committee (CAC) Approved  

Yesterday the RTA Board official approved selection of CAC members.  They sorted through 69 strong applications and struggled to select a manageable 30 people to serve on the CAC (official list of people, plus a few of my notes about them):

  • Adrianna Jordan, AICP, Michigan Safe Routes to School Coordinator, TRU Board member, former CalTrans planner, from Plymouth
  • Al Martin, retired DDOT and SMART director with decades of experience, from Detroit
  • Alice Landino, Roseville resident who works at the Detroit Medical Center
  • Ara Topouzian, director of the Troy Chamber of Commerce
  • Art Vardiman, a retired DDOT driver and union leader, MOSES activists, from Detroit
  • Ava Johnson, from Highland Park
  • Brian Sadek, legal counsel for the Wayne County airport authority, formerly at Chicago’s RTA, new Detroit resident
  • Elizabeth Luther, the Planning Program Manager for Michigan Community Resources, from Detroit
  • Eric Wegner, of Royal Oak
  • Eufayba Touray, MOSES staff and Harrison Twp resident
  • Hannah Kelley, a planner for the City of Ferndale, former DDOT planner, Detroit resident
  • Hank Johnson, Director of ARC-Detroit, disability advocate, from Westland
  • Jason Zogg, a Challenge Detroit Fellow at DTE Energy, from Detroit
  • John Watermam, the Program to Educate All Cyclists director, from Ypsilanti
  • Julie Funke, with State Voices and the Two Women Four Wheels blog, from Royal Oak
  • Ken Veenstra, on the Board of the Autism Society of Michigan, from Ferndale
  • Kit Dewyer, from Belleville
  • Larry Krieg, founder of Wake Up Washtenaw, transit world traveler, and Ypsilanti Twp Planning Commissioner               
  • Lawrence Dilworth of Warriors on Wheels and Detroit
  • Leo Hanifin, former Dean at the University of Detroit Mercy, regional transit researcher, from Dearborn
  • LuAnne Bullington, a volunteer for the A2 Center for Independent Living, Ann Arbor
  • Megan Owens – yours truly - Exec Director of TRU, Hazel Park resident
  • Michelle Katopodes, from Warren
  • Patty Fedewa, lawyer for National Labor Relations Board, DDOT bus rider and expert advocate, from Detroit
  • Prashanth Guruaja, the US EPA Emissions Lab, Ann Arbor
  • Robert Polk, former director at DDOT, lots of transit experience nationally, from Detroit
  • Sandra Turner-Handy, Michigan Environmental Council’s Detroit Office, Detroit resident
  • Tami Salisbury, Director of the Eight Mile Boulevard Association, from Ferndale
  • Tina Abbate Marzolf, Director of the Area Agency on Aging 1b, from Southfield
  • Todd Scott, Detroit Greenways Coordinator and bike expert, from Royal Oak

(Apologies that I don't have information on everyone or if I got anything wrong.  If you know more/better, please share it with me!)

The group will start meeting shortly to develop bylaws and elect officers and jump into the important job of advising the RTA board and CEO about issues critical to the region.  

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Thanks,    

                      Megan

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