Transportation Riders United
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About TRU

tru_logo_169x99Transportation Riders United is a nonprofit organization that has been working since 1999 to improve public transit in greater Detroit through education, engagement, and advocacy.

Based in downtown Detroit, our mission is to improve and promote transit in greater Detroit in order to restore urban vitality, insure transportation equity, and improve quality of life.

Megan testifying before SEMCOG

Our volunteer Board of Directors sets our mission and priorities, ensures sufficient resources, and oversees our activities. Our small but active staff lead and manage TRU’s daily activities, which include research, education, engagement, outreach, and advocacy.

Our plans and priorities are laid out in their entirety in our 3-year Strategic Plan. Each year, we evaluate the current transit situation and our ability to make an impact in order to update that plan and create an Annual Plan. Our current priorities include:

  1. Build majority support for regional transit and dedicated funding.
  2. Maintain and improve Detroit bus service.
  3. Develop tools and systems to effectively share our knowledge and positions
  4. Strengthen TRU structure, decision-making, and board leadership
  5. Expand our annual Regional Transit Awards fundraising dinnerRT Awards - M.Childs with Kelly

As a nonprofit organization, our work is only possible through the generous support of our members, sponsors, and funders.

  • Special thanks to the Sally Mead Hands Foundation and the Kresge Foundation for their generous support.
  • A huge thank you also to the sponsors of our Annual Awards Dinner.
  • Enormous thanks also to each and every individual who has donated to TRU, ranging from $5 to $5,000. Please donate today to support our work.

A powerful case for transit and call-to-action from Wayne County Exec Warren Evans

Tuesday night, Warren Evans gave one of the most compelling and well-reasoned transit speeches this region has ever heard. Here are a few highlights of his State of the County address: Transit is the intersection of moral and economic imperatives.... While the moral reasons, alone, should move[...]

3-Part Strategy for Great Transit Investment

With lots of news and uncertainty about the future of regional transit, TRU asked our members and allies what they thought our strategy should be. Dozens of people replied and a clear consensus developed: What Could/Should Be Next for Regional Transit Plan A:  The best solution is a full four-cou[...]