Transportation Riders United
  • Could a Road Funding Boost be a Big Win for Transit too?
    We’ve all heard it endlessly for the past year and longer: “Fix the damn roads!!” Governor Whitmer is committed to doing just that, with no dodges, slight-of-hand, or gimmicks. Fixing Michigan’s roads will cost $2.5 billion, so she’s proposed a 45-cent gas tax increase to achieve that, while also moving education [ ... ]
  • TRU Speaks Out in Support of DDOT Budget Increase
    At his budget address March 7, Mayor Duggan proposed a $2.4 billion budget for the city that includes a $5 million increase in transportation funding, which would allow DDOT to hire 50 new bus drivers and operate 500 more hours of bus service each week, if passed. TRU staff and allies presented to the Detroit City Council DDOT Budget Hearing on [ ... ]
  • Transit and Mobility: Big topics at the Detroit Policy Conference
    Despite their limitations, a series of tweets can be a great way to share the highlights of an event – in this case, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Detroit Policy Conference on Feb 28 where TRU’s Executive Director Megan Owens was asked to participate in a panel at the conference on The Future of Mobility: We weren’t the [ ... ]
  • The SMART Board of Director made the decision at their Feb 28 meeting.SMART Eliminates Transfer Fees
    The SMART Board of Directors voted today to join DDOT in eliminating transfer fees. Starting May 1, a basic bus fare will be good for 4 hours of unlimited rides on either DDOT or SMART in any direction. The fare change will also lower student fares to 50-cents, institute rolling 31-day passes, and more, all in alignment with DDOT, creating a more [ ... ]
  • Thanks for a Great Event!
    A big thanks to everyone who came out Feb 6 for our State of Transit TRU Annual meeting. Despite wacky weather and having to reschedule, at least 100 people came out for it! Special thanks to: Our speakers from RTA, SMART, DDOT, and riders, Our excellent host TechTown Detroit, Our generous sponsors, including Liz in Detroit Real Estate, Northern [ ... ]