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Last chance! You want more and better transit, you support TRU's efforts to achieve it, so buy your tickets now for the 2014 Regional Transit Awards dinner!

RSVP Today for Next Week's Regional Transit Awards

Why should you attend?

To celebrate 24 amazing people and projects making a difference in improving regional transit!

To mix and mingle with agency heads, elected leaders, activists, bus drivers, and other transit supporters!

To support TRU's work as your public transit advocate!

To bid on amazing Detroit-theme auction packages!

And to enjoy hors d'oeuvres, wine, dinner, and the awards ceremony, all for a $75 donation to TRU!

RSVP TODAY for the Regional Transit Awards to ensure your seating and meal preference for next week's excellent event.

We extended the deadline until TODAY. Don't delay!

Nominees for the Corporate Transit Champion Award     DetroitBusCompany  

  • Detroit Bus Company, led by Andy Didorosi, for their efforts towards an express bus to Detroit Metro Airport, providing student rides to after school programs, and other innovations

  • Susan Williams, CEO of Lakeside Divisions, Inc., for efforts to provide excellent paratransit services for the Detroit Department of Transportation despite Detroit’s financial criseslogo-tag yellow on blue

  •  Megabus.com, for providing convenient and affordable transportation connecting Southeast Michigan to the broader Midwest 

An independent panel of judges will decide one winner in this category, and in all the other categories of impressive nominees. Join us next Thursday to find out who wins!

Oakland Co. Commission Victory! SMART on the August Ballot 

I'm pleased to report that the Oakland County Commission voted this morning 13-6 to place the SMART millage on the August ballot! All three counties have now jumped through all the necessary hurdles to give voters the chance to support SMART!

As previously noted, the millage that funds SMART has expired and service cannot continue next year without a new millage. All three counties have agreed to put 1.0 mil funding before voters in order to maintain service, stablize their funding, overhaul their bus fleet, and hopefully make some restoration of cut service. 

Stay tuned for ways to help persuade voters to approve it. We'll have a big campaign this June and July to educate and turn out voters.

State Legislature Considers New Transportation Funding, but Leaves Transit Behind Again

Michigan roads need serious work.

Michigan buses need serious work too.

So do our train lines and bike paths.

So why does the big transportation funding package only fund one part of Michigan's transportation system?!?

House Speaker Jase Bolger on April 3 proposed $450 million in state transportation funding reforms and some minor increases to address Michigan's pothole crisis. However it ignores Michigan's decades-old funding Act 51 Formula that allocates 10% of transportation funding to the Comprehensive Transportation Fund (CTF) to pay for buses, trains, bike paths, and all other non-road transportation.

With over 95 million passenger trips on Michigan's public transit system last year and decades of transit underfunding, efforts to tackle shortfalls in Michigan's transportation funding system must go through the formula and include transit. Our friends at Trans4M have greater details and charts about the proposal, if you want to learn more.

Help support transit funding!! Use our easy online tool to 

Tell your legislators and legislative leaders the fix Michigan's full transportation system, not just part of it!

Stay tuned over the coming weeks as this proposal works its way through the legislature. With help from friends in Lansing, I'll keep you updated. 


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Thanks,    

                      Megan

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