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Happy Halloween Supporter! Watch out for all the scary stuff out there today: ghosts, witches, and overcrowded DDOT buses! Read on for some not-scary ways you can learn about and help improve Detroit transit.

 What's Up Woodward? Find Out at TRU's Fall Meeting Nov 19!

M-1 Rail. 

Bus Rapid Transit.

Complete Streets.

There are a lot of transit-related efforts on Michigan's main street these days! What do they all mean for improved transit mobility?

Mark your calendar for TRU's fall meeting Tuesday evening November 19 to learn what each project is, how they expect to interact, and how each is expected to help improve transit in the corridor.  Plus get your questions answered and find out how to have your say on these essential projects. 

Speakers include:

  • Carmine Palombo, SEMCOG Transportation Director
  • Heather Carmona, M-1 Rail Chief Administrative Officer
  • And me, Megan Owens, TRU Executive Director

Even if you don't live along Woodward, these projects will have an impact where you live too.

Refreshments provided. Everyone is welcome.

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 Go For the Gold! Join the Call for World-Class Bus-Rapid Transit!!

What is Bus-Rapid Transit?  Is it just fancy express buses with nicer bus stops?  Or is it a truly world-class form of rapid transit?  The answer depends on how it is designed, built, and operated.

SEMCOG and the RTA will be deciding in the coming months what type of rapid transit is right for Woodward.  Join our friends at the Michigan Suburbs Alliance and tell them to Go for the Gold!

Metro Detroit needs Real Rapid Transit

A real rapid transit system: 
  • Is separated from traffic, running in its own right of way so that it doesn't get stuck in traffic.
  • Let’s riders pay their fare before boarding and get on at any door, to avoid lines at the farebox.
  • Is coordinated with traffic signals and turn lanes, to avoid long waits or conflicts at intersections.
  • Has boarding platforms at the level of the vehicle floor, so that everyone can board easily, even wheelchairs, strollers, or bikes.
  • Has stations that are spaced to serve major destinations and travel hubs, without too many intermediate stops.
  • Allows seamless transfers with local bus service, letting riders connect to destinations between stations or across the region.
  • Provides safe pedestrian access, bike storage, and park-n-ride options for riders.

We know the score, and we're going for Gold. 

If you agree, sign on today!

Metro Detroit has let too many opportunities slip through our fingers, and we can’t afford bad transit any longer. No American city has a “Gold Standard” BRT system yet: let’s be the first. Metro Detroit has revolutionized transportation before--and we can do it again.

Sign on and urge your friends to do the same!

 

 TRU is accepting applications for our Board of Directors   

A great organization requires great leaders.  Could that be you?

TRU's Board of Directors is the governing body that determines our mission, budget, and priorities as well as ensuring we have the financial resources to fulfill our mission.

For the next month, we are seeking applications from people who would like to take an active leadership role in TRU's governance and ensuring we can achieve our mission.

Board members must uphold TRU's mission, vision and organizational values; actively participate in Board meetings; be a TRU ambassador; and contribute to TRU through personally-significant contributions and fundraising.

Geographic and racial diversity, coupled with leadership, professionalism, and effective communication are some factors considered in the application process.

To apply, submit a Board Application to TRUmember@DetroitTransit.org by November 30. 

For more detailed information download our Becoming a Board Member.

For questions or further inquiry, please contact Kelly LoganTRU Board President, or me - 313-963-8872

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 RTA's November Board Meeting Cancelled 

Please note, the November 6 Board meeting for the Regional Transit Authority has been cancelled. The full Board will meet next on December 4 at 2pm at the SEMCOG offices in Detroit.

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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!

And FYI, our website has been hacked several times and we've lost a good portion of the information that had been posted there.  We will be overhauling the website this fall with new information, interactivity, and style.  Please forgive it's lack of detail and polish in the meanwhile!

Thanks,    

                      Megan

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