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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.

TRU’s 2015 Year-in-Review

TRU’s 2015 Year-in-Review

This year has seen significant transit progress , including M-1 Rail construction, new DDOT buses, RTA rapid transit planning, and more.

These improvements don’t happen randomly or in a vacuum. It is only through many years of dedicated advocacy work by TRU and our partners and allies that transit has finally begun to turn around. Our work in 2015 included:
1) Promoting the benefits of transit investment through 50 media hits and 25 community presentations,
2) Community engagement with more than 1,400 people at 20 different festivals and other events,
3) Advancing and watchdogging the work of the Regional Transit Authority,
4) Seizing upon unanticipated opportunities to draw public attention to the importance of transit,
5) Bringing supporters together in a regional transit coalition called Momentum and
6) Celebrating transit champions at the Regional Transit Awards dinner.

Details and images included. We also said goodbye to longtime transit advocate Marcia Yakes. Read on to learn more.

Seeking Community Outreach and Social Media Interns/Volunteers

TRU is seeking help for our big summer outreach campaign: #TransitMatters!

As in previous summers, TRU staff, interns, and volunteers will be traversing the region to talk transit. We have posted two position descriptions for student interns and/or dedicated volunteers. We are seeking up to 4 Community Engagement Intern/Volunteers and one Social Media Intern/Volunteer.

These are great opportunities to build skills, add substantive experience to your resume, and get actively involved in improving public transit for southeast Michigan.

Resumes received by April 13 will receive priority consideration.

Let's Talk Transit! A Project to Build Public Support

What's the biggest barrier to great Detroit regional transit? Too many people throughout southeast Michigan who only drive know little about transit and don't feel that it matters to them. Because they don't feel a connection, they vote against transit funding and their elected officials do litt[...]

The Newly Proposed Regional Transit: Move More People to More Places More Frequently

The Regional Transit Authority is considering a new possible Regional Transit Plan and wants your feedback! A team led by Wayne County Executive Warren Evans has spent the past year listening to people's feedback, concerns, and complaints about the Regional Transit Plan that was adopted by the RTA [...]