Detroit City Council

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.

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.

Goodbye to Long-time TRU Board member Marcia Yakes

When TRU was first founded in 1999, Marcia Yakes was already fighting for better Detroit buses. She frequented DDOT meetings and City Council hearings, complaining that if she could have back all the time she spent waiting on DDOT buses, she’d be a decade younger! She joined TRU’s founding board and for the past 15 years …

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Testimony Before Detroit City Council

TRU’s Assistant Director Ruth Johnson presented an update on Detroit transit before the Detroit City Council. We presented an honest evaluation of DDOT progress under Mayor Duggan and Director Dan Dirks, rating their results to date a “C-.”

On the plus side, the mayor has made transit a priority and Dan Dirks is working hard to undo decades of underfunding and mismanagement. Yet riders are not yet feeling on-the-ground improvement.

Testimony Before Detroit City Council

TRU’s Assistant Director Ruth Johnson presented an update on Detroit transit before the Detroit City Council. We presented an honest evaluation of DDOT progress under Mayor Duggan and Director Dan Dirks, rating their results to date a “C-.”
On the plus side, the mayor has made transit a priority and Dan Dirks is working hard to undo decades of underfunding and mismanagement. Yet riders are not yet feeling on-the-ground improvement.