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Happy Holidays Supporter!! It's been an exciting year for Detroit area transit. Thanks for being a part of it!

Help recognize people who made it great by nominating them for a Regional Transit Award! Plus review the year in transit, including the Woodward rapid transit documents. Read on . . .

 Now Open: Make Your Nominations for the Regional Transit Awards!

This has been a big year for Detroit area transit, with the RTA getting started, progress on M-1 Rail, big changes in Ann Arbor, new private transit efforts, and more. Join us in recognizing and celebrating the people, organizations, and businesses making those changes happen. 

Nominations are now open for the Regional Transit Awards! Make a nomination today!!

Categories include:

  • Transit Employee of the Yearthe driver, mechanic, manager, or other who has gone above and beyond to make Detroit area transit more efficient and attractive to riders and the region.

  • Corporate Transit Champion Award the company or businessperson that has most successfully advanced transit in our community.

  • Exemplary Innovation Awardthe intrepid agency, organization, or entrepreneur who has explored and implemented fresh ideas and leadership to restore Detroit as a transit leader.

  • Breakthrough Transit Champion - new this year, this award recognizes the next generation of transit leaders, specifically young adults under 30. Whether working as a student leader, researcher, volunteer, or young professional, this champion is making a major impact on improving regional transit.

  • Unsung Hero Award - the persistent individual who works outside the public spotlight performing essential, and often unseen services to catalyze change and meaningfully improve the transit landscape in Metro Detroit.

  • Forward Motion Award for the Most Effective Public Servant - the elected official, appointee, or other public servant who has made a real difference in leading and making tough decisions to improve transit

The Regional Transit Awards team will narrow the nominations to the top four in each category, who will all be recognized at the Regional Transit Awards Dinner May 8, 2014. The winner will be selected by an independent panel of judges and presented at the Awards Dinner.

Make your nominations today!

 Review Documents and Make Comments on Woodward Rapid Transit 

A big thanks to everyone who came out for the Woodward rapid transit public meetings early this month.

Whether you missed the public meetings about Woodward rapid transit options or just want to review ideas in more detail, check out all the documents and graphics for the proposed Woodward Bus Rapid Transit line online. 

The information includes proposed routes, travel times, ridership, and next steps.

Then make sure to share your thoughts and ideas with the planning team! Tell them what's most important to you, whether that is speed, reliability, local connections, or other factors. 

In the next month, the expert consultants at PB will work with SEMCOG and local community leaders to decide on a locally-preferred alternative - the very important proposal for the future of Michigan's main street. Make sure your input is included!

Please share this information with all who may be interested!


Go for the Gold! Support World-Class Bus-Rapid Transit on Woodward

Is Bus-Rapid Transit just fancy buses with nicer bus stops? 

Or can it be 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

Real rapid transit: 
  • Is separated from traffic so it doesn't get stuck in traffic.
  • Lets riders pay before boarding to avoid lines at the farebox.
  • Coordinates with traffic signals to avoid long waits at intersections.

  • Has boarding platforms level with the vehicle floor, so everyone can board easily, even wheelchairs, strollers, or bikes.

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

If you agree, sign on today!

We need “Gold Standard” BRT system yet! Sign on and urge your friends to do the same!  

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 Website Troubles and Overhaul    

Sincere apologies to anyone who has tried to use our website over the past month or two. Our website has been hacked several times - we have lost substantial information and inappropriate ads have been inserted into our content. 

We are actively working to overhaul our website and will have an excellent new site up in the next month. Thanks for your patience.

Feel free to contact me if you have questions or suggestions. Thanks!

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