Transportation Riders United
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Our mission is to improve and promote transit throughout greater Detroit in order to:

  • restore urban vitality,
  • ensure transportation equity, and
  • improve quality of life.

TRU believes the Detroit region needs a balanced transportation network because transportation investments shape our future.


All people in greater Detroit will have reliable, safe, and affordable access to the places they live, work, shop, and play through a high-quality transit system.

An integrated network of buses, trains, bike routes, and other transportation options will seamlessly connect our cities, region, and beyond.

This system will foster attractive livable neighborhoods, enhance business opportunities and improve the environmental quality of the region.


  • TRU is dedicated to serving the public’s best interest. We are part of the community and work on behalf of the community.
  • TRU works hard because we are confident that we can make a difference over the long-term. We are results-oriented and mission-driven.
  • TRU believes in collaboration and teamwork. We seek to engage new and diverse partners and supporters.
  • TRU is committed to providing trustworthy information and to making well- reasoned, evidence-based decisions.
  • TRU values openness and respectful candor. We strive to always act with honesty and integrity.

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[...]