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I hope my occasional emails are helpful to you, Supporter! I strive to email only the most important news and opportunities related to Detroit area public transit.

But here are 3 more ways to get more targeted and timely transit info:

1) To get news more tailored to your interests, complete our quick survey noting the specific topics and areas you want transit news on, as well as whether you're interested in volunteering. 

2) For more timely transit news is to follow @DetroitTransit on Facebook and Twitter. I regularly post the highlights of transit-related events on Twitter and will be posting more Facebook Live videos - starting tomorrow! 

I'm honored to have been invited on a preview ride of M-1 Rail's new QLINE streetcar tomorrow morning and evening! I plan to cover all the excitement with Facebook videos and Twitter posts, so you can see what the new streetcar is really like. Please follow along, comment your thoughts and share whatever's interesting!

3) The RTA emailed out a nice newsletter with updates on transit momentum, accomplishments, supporters, lessons, next steps, and more. Here are a few highlights: 

"Working with its many regional partners, Team RTA developed and adopted a Regional Master Transit Plan in 2016. Other major accomplishments include advancing rapid transit planning, disbursing federal funds to regional partners, and launching the RefleX Express Service

In November 2016, voters were asked to adopt a 1.2 mill property tax increase to finance the 20 year Master Plan. There was broad based support for the initiative. Dozens of regional institutions, organizations, and business leaders endorsed the effort. 

Despite the broad base of support, the voters of the region rejected the proposal by a 1% margin (18,000 votes)—a sobering outcome for the coalition that worked so hard on this initiative.

The RTA has been reviewing comments and soliciting feedback to develop a comprehensive understanding of how we can adjust our efforts moving forward to lead to a successful outcome. The RTA so far learned the limitations of the revenue source and the need to more fully address outer edge and rural communities, to broaden outreach strategy, and to capitalize more on transportation innovations. 

The RTA Board of Directors and staff remain absolutely committed to this goal and will enter in to a Board Retreat in May to tackle many key questions we’ve heard from the public, such as timing for another RTA ballot initiative, adjustments of the Master Plan, options for sustaining the RTA administratively, and a new vision for community outreach and engagement to solicit public input. 

The RTA Board and staff remain dedicated to working with regional elected leadership, transit providers, advocacy groups, and the public to build a regional consensus on the plan forward."


If you didn't get that e-newsletter, contact info@RTAmichigan.org and ask to join their email contact list. They'll provide updates at least quarterly so you can stay informed on RTA activities and happenings.

Thanks,
Megan

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