Ah, spring! The time when young hearts turn to . . . transit?
Or at least they should! Because it's a great time to try a new commute, learn about agencies efforts to improve their service, and congratulate some great transit employees who have been nominated for our Regional Transit Awards. And because SMART and The Ride need your help to fund their service! Read on. . .
Come to TRU's Spring Meeting Thursday evening!
DDOT, SMART, The Ride, Detroit People Mover, and M-1 Rail will present on their efforts to improve their service and coordinate better together. You'll have a chance to ask your questions too!
When: this Thursday from 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Doors at 5:30pm. Program starts at 6:30pm.
Where: at the MSU Detroit Center
Located at 3408 Woodward, south of Mack.
This event is free and open to all. We'll even provide pizza. Bring friends!
Tell County Leaders to Keep SMART Rolling!
SMART provides essential transit service to 35,000 people in Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne Counties every day. Yet the SMART millage rate hasn't increased in nearly 12 years, resulting in minimal service and ancient buses. The millage expired this year and must be renewed.
With a millage of just 1.0 (or $50/year for a $100,000 house), SMART can buy more efficient buses and restore some of the service cut in 2011. Without it, SMART as we know it can't keep operating after 2015!
County leaders will decide in the coming weeks whether to ask voters to support SMART renewal and increase. Tell them how important local bus service is -
Act now to KEEP SMART ROLLING!
County votes are expected April 17 in Macomb and Oakland Counties! Contact these leaders today, then urge your friends to do the same!!
Support More Buses, More Places, More Often throughout Ann Arbor and Ypsi
On May 6, voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township will have the opportunity to vote to approve a millage of 0.7 mills for 5 years that will fund transit improvements and provide 44% more service to community residents, specifically:
- More direct service
- Extended hours
- Extended weekend service
- Expanded Dial-A-Ride services for seniors and people with disabilities
The owner of a home valued at $100,000 in the millage area would pay about $35 per year (or about .67 cents per week). Over 100 organizations, businesses, and community leaders have endorsed the effort.
A great campaign has been put together and could use help from everyone throughout the region. Learn more and get involved at MoreBuses.org.
Take the Commuter Challenge!
The Commuter Challenge is a nine week-long event encouraging the use of eco-friendly commuting, such as taking the bus, car- or vanpooling, biking, walking and telecommuting to reduce our carbon footprint, free up traffic congestion and promote our own health. The Challenge is longer this year to help all commuters, especially those who ordinarily take I-96 during its closure from Newburg to Telegraph.
Take the Commuter Challenge and ditch your solo drive to work!
- Improve Your Health!
- Reduce your stress level!
- Save money!
- Reduce your carbon footprint!
- Enter to win some great prizes!
The Commuter Challenge is great time for you to try a new mode of transportation to work and reap several benefits. Sign up online, explore new commuting options, log your trips, and enter to win great prizes.
Join Us in Celebrating Transit Employee of the Year Nominees at the Regional Transit Awards
Speaking of riding the bus, we are pleased to highlight for you the nominees for 2014 Transit Employee of the Year. These four extraordinary gentlemen were selected from all the nominations submitted to be recognized as among the best:
- Allen Lusk, for exceptional customer focus and genuine caring as a SMART driver and patience and support as a SMART Master Trainer and mentor
- Larry Starkey, for excellent customer service and infectious positive attitude that creates genuine community as a DDOT driver
- Michael Benham, for leadership and professionalism in The Ride (AAATA)’s long community engagement, Strategic Planning process, and historic multi-community expansion
- David Glenn, for maintaining exceptional professionalism and quality service as a DDOT Driver, along with providing leadership and new ideas for improving DDOT
Buy your tickets today for the Regional Transit Awards dinner May 8 to find out who will receive the Regional Transit Award!
See you there, and on the bus!
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