Brooks Patterson

Major Changes Coming for Oakland County, and Possibly for Regional Transit

After decades of dominating regional politics in southeast Michigan, L. Brooks Patterson died August 3. For 26 years, L. Brooks Patterson was Oakland County Executive, focusing on fiscal discipline, “business attraction,” and “local control.” He was extremely proud of the county’s many years of AAA bond ratings and balanced budgets. (He was also well known …

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Urgent Strategy for Great Transit!

What’s next for regional transit? We’ve got a three-part strategy:

1) TRU members and allies seem to agree that a full four-county region-wide transit investment would be best. We need people from outer suburbs to be vocal supporters to counter the misperception that their communities don’t want transit!

2) If 4-county transit isn’t possible, Wayne and Washtenaw Counties would be better making major transit investments connecting their communities. Thank leaders from Detroit, Wayne, and Washtenaw Counties and urge them to make a regional transit investment happen this year!

3) TRU is also working to make sure whatever goes back on the ballot has broad voter support. Help us educate people with no transit experience about the benefits of transit while listening to their ideas and concerns, through our Let’s Talk Transit community engagement program.

Tell the Region's Leaders: Support Region-Wide Transit Now!

After years of bicker and months of negotiating, will our region’s leaders finally come to agreement on the next steps for regional transit?
Take Action NOW: Tell your county leaders that we need quick action on a region-wide transit system with no holes in it! Call them directly or use our easy online action tool to edit a pre-drafted email message to them.

Tell the Region’s Leaders: Support Region-Wide Transit Now!

After years of bicker and months of negotiating, will our region’s leaders finally come to agreement on the next steps for regional transit?

Take Action NOW: Tell your county leaders that we need quick action on a region-wide transit system with no holes in it! Call them directly or use our easy online action tool to edit a pre-drafted email message to them.

The end of the RTA as we know it?

Who’s in charge of regional transit? It’s supposed to be the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) which was created by state law to explicitly coordinate and improve public transit throughout the four counties of southeast Michigan. Yet on Thursday, November 16, the Regional Transit Authority appears to give up and close up shop. At their Nov …

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