Regardless of the election results, Supporter, southeast Michigan still needs more and better transit. The flaws and problems of our region's transit are still here. So here are three key reminders:
1) The RTA is still here and is still committed.
At the RTA Board meeting last week, the RTA staff, board, and transit providers all voiced their ongoing commitment to their mission of coordinating and improving transit throughout our four-county region.
The RTA will continue the jointly-operated Reflex service and will seek other concrete improvements to regional transit service, although more modest than the full Regional Transit Plan.
To take on major improvements, the RTA will explore opportunities to go back to the voters, although that is likely several years away. They will be evaluting options over the next few months and all options remain on the table.
2) TRU is still here and is still committed.
TRU has been working for more than 16 years to tackle the transit problems facing our region. And we will be here for many years to come, continuing to fight for more and better transit for our community.
TRU is undertaking a strategic planning process of our own over the next few months. We will be working to evaluate our region's transit opportunities and challenges along with TRU's strengths and weakenesses, then using that information to decide our plans and priorities for the next three years.
3) We still need your help - in ideas, donations and involvement.
First, we want your thoughts and input!
Please take TRU's Survey on Regional Transit to share your opinions about TRU and regional transit as well as your recommendations for where TRU and the regional transit community should be focusing our plans and efforts moving forward.
The survey asks six main questions which are totally anonymous and all optional. It should take between 2-10 minutes to complete, depending on how in-depth you want to explain your responses.
Second, TRU's ongoing advocacy is only possible thanks to the generous donations of transit supporters like you. Please recommit your support for TRU by joining our monthly sustainer program or with a special one-time donation.
Third, please stay involved! TRU has openings on our Board of Directors, who shape TRU's priorities and help ensure we have the resources to succeed. Please let me know if you want to learn more about this opportunity to help lead and shape TRU's advocacy. Applications are due December 15.
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