As you may have heard, Supporter, the RTA has changed leadership.
What you should also know is that the RTA mission and our region's transit needs remain unchanged.
The RTA Board, Interim CEO and other staff remain "absolutely committed to the goal" of "building a more comprehensive, connected, convenient and better funded public transit system."
At last Thursday's meeting, the Board chair applauded the work of Michael Ford:
"Michael was instrumental in the completion of the Master Plan, creation of the Reflex Service and building an awareness of the need for a regional transit system in southeast Michigan. However, the board felt it was time to move in a new direction (in leadership),” said Paul Hillegonds, RTA Board Chairman."
Deputy CEO Tiffany Gunter, who has been a key leader in the RTA for more than two years, was selected by the Board to serve as Interim CEO. No timetable has been announced for selection of a permanent CEO.
Clearly, questions remain:
- What modifications need to be made to the Regional Transit Plan to better suit the many varied transit needs of this region?
- Will voters have another chance to fund regional transit in November 2018?
- How else can the RTA improve regional transit coordination and service?
Some county leaders want to wait three years or more before seeking the dedicated regional funding our region needs to improve transit, regardless of the enormous needs.
The RTA will start answering these questions at their Board retreat in April. Tell them what you think!
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Send a message to the RTA and County leaders that #TransitStillMatters. Urge them to move quickly to fund transit improvements!
Transit is too important to too many people for setbacks like the ballot loss and CEO changes to break our progress. TRU is deeply committed to continuing to fight for more and better transit. Thanks for joining us in this ongoing effort!
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