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Great TRU Fall Meeting featuring RTA CEO Michael Ford

RTA CEO Michael Ford answers questions from TRU ED Megan Owens at TRU Fall Meeting

RTA CEO Michael Ford answers questions from TRU ED Megan Owens at TRU Fall Meeting

A huge thank you to Michael Ford and to everyone who came to TRU’s fall meeting November 10 to see him!

It was a great opportunity to hear about Michael’s goals and plans as well as to catch up with old friends and to make new ones. Check out our photo gallery for lots more great images!

RTA CEO Michael Ford (center) with Warriors on Wheels members Larry Dilworth (left) and Lisa Franklin (right)

RTA CEO Michael Ford (center) with Warriors on Wheels members Larry Dilworth (left) and Lisa Franklin (right)

Instead of writing up a full summary of the event, I will quote from and direct you to the great article in MLive.com by Ian Thibodeau – review it for more details. As he notes:Fall meeting audience

“Newly-appointed Regional Transit Authority CEO Michael Ford gave an overview of his goals for transit in Metro Detroit Monday night, making it clear that there was plenty of work to be done.

“He wants people to have choices in how they get to where they need to go, he said.

Megan Owens, TRU executive director, presented an overview of some of the monumental steps taken for transit in the region. Owens highlighted the M-1 Rail progress (and) approved bus millages .

“Good things are happening,” Owens said. “We’re definitely seeing a lot of progress in the region.”

Ford and Owens answered a series of questions from those in attendance, which lasted about an hour.

“We cannot move forward without hearing from people,” Ford said.

In the future, Ford hopes citizens have “options, mobility … (and) choices about how you want to get somewhere,” he said. “That only comes with infrastructure, with meeting with people, with understanding what those needs are.” . . .