Give Thanks. Give Back. Get Involved!

The holiday season is an important time to not only give thanks for the many good things you have but also to give back to the community that helped provide them.

If you agree that a great public transit system would be a great benefit to the greater Detroit region, here are three important ways you can give back:

1) Apply to join TRU’s Board of Directors! Application deadline extended to January 6.

2) Apply to join the RTA’s Citizens Advisory Committee (Sorry, deadline passed!)

3) Donate to Support Transit Advocacy

As you give thanks this holiday season, think about how you can best give back. Then get involved with Detroit transit advocacy!!

Vice President Biden Helps DDOT Reach 100% Pull-Out

Vice President Joe Biden came to Detroit, echoing what TRU has long said, that “Transportation is the single biggest factor allowing people to move up the economic ladder.”

Mayor Duggan thanked Biden for his help in Detroit getting federal grants for 80 new DDOT buses which are now all on the road, enabling DDOT to finally run 100 percent of their scheduled service!

TRU applauds this important progress, yet notes that far more still remains to be done. DDOT must maintain this progress, improve on-time service, and develop a plan for long-term improvement, in coordination with regional partners.

Tell MDOT to Fix I-94 but NOT Widen It

MDOT is seeking public input on their proposed $1.9 billion overhaul and widening of I-94 through midtown and the east side of Detroit, including redesigning the interchanges with I-96, M-10, and I-75.

You have an opportunity to share your opinions at a series of open-house style Public Meetings hosted by MDOT on Tuesday July 14 and Thursday July 16.

While TRU supports reconstruction of the old infrastructure including I-94, we and others have serious concerns about the project’s scope and magnitude of the project. We recommended critical changes:
1) No Expansion – no new travel lanes or service drives
2) Maintain and Improve Walkability, instead of removing 11 bridges!
3) Preserve Urban Fabric and Historic Buildings
4) Fully Evaluate Impacts and Alternatives – complete a “Supplemental EIS” and consider how transit could alleviate peak traffic on I-94.

Detroit Inner Circle Greenway

TRU is pleased to support the application filed in April 2014 by the City of Detroit for a TIGER FY2014 grant to construct the Inner Circle Greenway, a non-motorized trail project in and along the cities of Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park and Dearborn. This project would link many diverse neighborhoods and expand the Link Detroit Project, …

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