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Greetings Supporter. Time to catch up with the RTA. Come to TRU's Annual Meeting Monday evening to learn all the latest! Read on . . .

Don't Miss TRU's Annual Meeting on RTA Progress & Plans - Next Monday!!

Essential to improving Detroit area transit is an effective Regional Transit Authority.

So what have they been doing for the past year?

And what's coming next?

Find out Monday!

Come to

TRU's Annual Meeting

Monday, 1/27, 6-8pm

at the Boll Family YMCA theater

1401 Broadway in downtown Detroit
At the Broadway People Mover stop & near all downtown buses
$5 parking at the Opera House parking structure across the street

Find out:

  • what the RTA has accomplished so far,
  • what leaders plan for 2014, and 
  • your role in building public support for investing in transit!

Speakers include:

  • Paul Hillegonds, RTA Board Chair
  • Dennis Schornack, Special Adviser to the Governor
  • Leo Hanifin, UD-Mercy Emeritus Dean
  • Lindsay Case, Detroit Regional Chamber
  • Megan Owens, TRU Executive Director

Free event. Open to all! Refreshments provided.

Please RSVP. Invite friends with our Facebook event.

Look forward to seeing you there!

 No RTA CEO 

As the media reported last week, John Hertel has decided to remain as General Manager of SMART instead of joining the RTA as its new CEO. He had applied for the position over the summer and been selected by the RTA Board in September but had not yet signed a contract. 

His statement explaining his decision focused on his interest in continuing to make progress at SMART and to support it's millage renewal coming in August. His decision may also have been related to the legislature not yet providing a $2 million supplemental appropriation to fully fund RTA operations for the next three years. The RTA currently just has funding for just three staff and a small office.

The RTA Executive Board will meeting February 3 to discuss their process for seeking a new CEO and what this change may mean for the timing of seeking voter approval for new funding to improve and expand transit.

 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 next week! Thanks for your patience.

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

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TRU has reestablished a Twitter account, @DetroitTransit. Follow us for more frequent news and insights!  

Thanks,    

                      Megan

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