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Don't miss the premier transit gathering of the year - the 2015 Regional Transit Awards!! 

Buy your tickets today for the May 7 Regional Transit Awards dinner!

Can't attend? You can still support TRU's work to improve Detroit Transit with a donation:


There’s a LOT going on with transit in the next few weeks, Supporter, including the Commuter Challenge, new RTA Outreach, TRU internships, and Proposal 1. Read on for all the details!

RSVP for the Transit Awards dinner

TRU’s annual Regional Transit Awards dinner is coming soon! For some pesky reason, our caterer wants to know how many meals to make, so we need to know if you're going to attend!

We’ve extended the early ticket price through this Friday April 24 (due to some technical difficulties on our end) but prices go up after then, so buy your tickets today. Don’t miss this great evening with regional leaders, transit professionals, and others together celebrating transit change-makers!

Also, review the list of nominees and let me know who you think has done the most to improve transit and why!

  • Is Rep. Jim Townsend the Most Effective Public Servant, or Melanie Piana?
  • Should the RTA’s Michael Ford be Transit Employee of the Year, or should it be The People Mover’s Cornelius Henry?
  • Is Jordan Twardy a Rising Transit Star? How about Hayley Roberts, Dan Somerville, or Martha Valadez?
  • How did the James Robertson story in the Detroit Free Press change the transit debate?

Reply to me with your thoughts about these or other nominees to help us best recognize all these amazing transit champions! And thanks.

The Commuter Challenge Starts May 1 

The Detroit Commuter Challenge is coming up! It’s a great encouragement for people who work in downtown Detroit to try new ways to commute, including bus, bike, carpool, and more. You can enter to win great prizes by recording your commute throughout the month of May.

Visit www.DetroitCommuterChallenge.com for more details and join us at the kickoff event April 30, 11:30am-1:30pm on the Chase Patio, 611 Woodward.

Regional Transit Authority Outreach Campaign starts May 12

Speaking of kickoffs, the RTA will be kicking off their big public outreach campaign on May 12 in Campus Martius in Detroit and holding big events in each county the following week. Throughout May and June, the RTA’s team will visit every corner of this region to ask what you think of and what you want from our region’s transit. Stay tuned and get involved!!

RTA CEO Michael Ford and staff continue to do a preliminary listening tour around the region. If you have ideas, questions, or concerns you want the RTA to hear, attend one of these upcoming events, which are open to the public:

  • Tuesday, April 21st at 7:00 pm at Trinity St. Marks United Church of Christ, 9315 West Fort Street, Detroit
  • Thursday, April 23rd at 6:00 pm at Erin Auditorium – Roseville Public Library, 29777 Civic Center Blvd, Roseville (for more information contact (586) 445-5410)
  • Saturday, April 25th at 10:00 am at Christ Lutheran Church, 12500 Canal Road, Sterling Heights
  • Sunday, April 26th at 1:00 pm at Central United Methodist Church, 23 Adams, downtown Detroit (parking at North side of the church)
  • Next Tuesday, April 28th at 5:30 pm at Jewish Family Services, 6555 West Maple Road, West Bloomfield
  • Next Wednesday, April 29th at 7:00 pm at Central Woodward Christian Church, 3955 West Big Beaver, Troy (co-hosted by Northminster Presbyterian Church)
  • Next Thursday, April 30th at 6:00 pm at Good Cakes and Bakes, 19363 Livernois, Detroit

TRU Still Accepting Intern Applications

Another great way to get involved is to be an intern or dedicated volunteer with TRU! As we kickoff our summer outreach, we’re looking for four dynamic outgoing individuals to join us at fairs, festivals, farmers markets, and more this summer to get the region talking about why #TransitMatters. We are also looking for a social media wizard to help enhance our online engagement. Review the position descriptions for Community Engagement and Social Media, then apply today!

We’ve already started attending community fairs, festivals and more. Visit TRU at the Earth Day festival in Rochester Hills this Saturday to share why #TransitMatters to you.

Support Proposal 1 to Support Roads, Transit, Schools, and Cities!

If you support Proposal 1, go vote early! You can get an absentee ballot at your City Hall or elections office.

Also share your support – get yard signs, handouts and more from Clarence Gayles: Cgayles@thomasgroupconsulting.com or 313-334-3488.

If you’re still not sure about Proposal 1, get more information at:

Lastly an FYI – The TRU office has been without reliable phones or internet for the past ten days and may be out for several more days due to what AT&T reports is a major cable break somewhere downtown. Please forgive any delay in replying to emails or responding to phone calls while we work through this difficulty. 



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