Tuesday, December 10
TRU Board Meeting
Tuesday, January 14
TRU Board Meeting
A report by the PIRGIM Education Fund shows reduced rates of car commuting in Michigan’s urbanized areas—including Grand Rapids, Detroit and Flint—and greater use of public transit and biking, especially in Grand Rapids which is 6th out of the Nation’s 100 largest urban area, public transit users. The report, “Transportation in Transition: A Look at Changing Travel Patterns in America’s Biggest Cities,” is the first ever national study to compare transportation trends for America’s largest cities. Mayor George Heartwell states that, “This important study signals that the investment cities have been making in transit and non-motorized transportation are paying off.” Program Associate for the PIRGIM Education Fund, Eric S. Mosher adds to this, asserting that, “It’s time for our leaders in Lansing to support transportation initiatives that reflect these changing trends.” To read the report in its entirety, please visit http://www.pirgimedfund.org
What is Bus-Rapid Transit?
Is it just fancy express buses with nicer bus stops?
Or is it a truly world-class form of rapid transit?
The answer depends on how it is designed, built, and operated.
Metro Detroit needs Real Rapid Transit
A real rapid transit system:
We know the score, and we're going for Gold.
Metro Detroit has let too many opportunities slip through our fingers, and we can’t afford bad transit any longer. No American city has a “Gold Standard” BRT system yet: let’s be the first Metro Detroit has revolutionized transportation before--and we can do it again.
Sign on and urge your friends to do the same!
SEMCOG invites you to learn more about Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and why it is moving forward as the preferred mode for further analysis. Come out to an upcoming public meeting and give your input about the latest project developments.
New information that will be presented includes:
Come to one of six open house meetings to learn more and share your opinion (download the flyer for more details):
Please share this information with all who may be interested!
Thanks to everyone who came out for our big fall meeting Tuesday, especially our wonderful speakers:
· Sommer Woods, M-1 Rail, who explained the background, goals, plans, and benefits of the M-1 Rail streetcar project, announcing that they will be opening a storefront office on Woodward soon.
· Paul Toliver, DDOT, who wowed the crowd by committing to "get the damn buses running and on the street" and shared goals for a dedicated bus police and increased service next year.
We hope to share the video and more detailed notes shortly. Stay tuned.
M-1 Rail. Bus Rapid Transit. Complete Streets.
There are a lot of transit-related efforts on Michigan's main street these days!
Join us for TRU's fall meeting Tuesday evening, November 19, 6:00 - 8:00pm, at the MSU Detroit Center, on Woodward south of Mack.
Come learn what each project is, how they expect to interact, how each will help, and how you can have your say.
Even if you don't live along Woodward, these projects will have an impact where you live too.
Refreshments provided. Everyone is welcome.
What a difference a year makes!
One year ago, we despaired of ever getting an RTA.
Today, we’ve got a Regional Transit Authority in place! The Board is setting policies, the CEO is making plans, the Providers’ Committee is working out service coordination, and the Citizens’ Advisory Committee will soon start.
One year from today, we could be celebrating a huge influx of new money for transit, if the RTA proposes and voters approve dedicated regional transit funding.
Help make that next victory possible:
TRU’s Sustainer Program is a convenient. secure way to support Detroit transit improvement. As a Sustainer, your donations are processed automatically from your credit card weekly, monthly, or quarterly, at whatever level is right for you.
TRU is your voice working every day for more and better public transit.
But we can’t do it alone.
However you choose to give, thanks for everything you do to support TRU and Detroit transit. We are truly on the cusp of something amazing.
Please RSVP to attend our Regional Transit Awards prep event Thursday, November 21, 2013 to learn all about it and get involved!
TRU will be hosting our third-annual Regional Transit Awards dinner in May 2014.
This annual fundraising dinner provides essential financial support for TRU’s advocacy, while also recognizing top regional transit supporters. Business leaders and elected officials, transit employees and activists, the hardest working people in the Detroit transit realm are recognized, applauded and awarded for their contributions.
Whether it’s helping find the next beautiful dining room for our event, choosing the categories for the awards, writing press releases, or ushering the award show, we need your to help make the 2014 Regional Transit Awards our best event yet.
The 2014 Regional Transit Award Event Committee needs fifteen supporters to each spend 5-15 hours each of the next six months. Join one of seven teams where you can best invest your talents and skills.
TRU will be overhauling our website this fall. Please forgive blank pages and other problems in the meanwhile. Make sure to come back to see our fabulous new page in January.
TRU is accepting applications for new, qualified Board Members!
A great organization requires great leaders. Could that be you?
TRU is accepting applications from people who would like to take an active leadership role in TRU's governance and ensuring we can achieve our mission.
The Role: The Board of Directors is the governing body for TRU. This includes determining TRU's mission, budget and priorities as well as ensuring the organization has the financial resources to fulfill its mission.
The Responsibilities: Board members must uphold TRU's mission, vision and organizational values; actively participate in Board meetings and functions (inclusive of projects and committees); be a TRU ambassador; and contribute to TRU through personally-significant contributions and fundraising.
The Desired Skills/Traits: Geographic and Racial Diversity, coupled with professionalism, community involvement and effective communication skills are some factors majorly considered in the application process.
For more detailed information download our Becoming a Board Member.
For questions or further inquiry, please contact us:
Kelly Logan, TRU Board President- Kelly.firstname.lastname@example.org or (313) 645-4452
Megan Owens, TRU executive Director- MOwens@DetroitTransit.org or (313) 963-8872
Or any of TRU's current Board Members.