Transportation Riders United

Macomb County

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.

UPDATE: Openings on TRU’s Board Extended Until Dec 15

UPDATE: Openings on TRU’s Board Extended Until Dec 15

TRU is accepting applications to join our Board of Directors!

To ensure our region is ready to invest in world class transit, TRU seeks to grow our board into 2018 to unlock doors to new resources and relationships.

We want a Board that reflects the best of Detroit: Diverse, dynamic and dedicated to getting the job done.

Please review our Guide for Prospective Board Members to learn more. Board Applications are due by December 10, after which TRU’s Executive Board will evaluate Board candidates in comparison to the skills and connections we need on our Board and make recommendations to the full Board of Directors.

Apply to join TRU’s Board of Directors

TRU is seeking energetic and talented individuals to serve on our Board of Directors.

The board sets TRU’s priorities, values, and funding, while also serving as community ambassadors.

As TRU is striving to develop a Board of Directors as diverse as the Detroit region, we are especially seeking transit riders, people with strong connections to Detroit and Macomb County, and people with financial oversight, fundraising, and organizational development skills.

If you are interested in challenging yourself with this exciting opportunity, review our Guide for Prospective Boardmembers document and contact us to learn more. Applications are due December 15.

RTA funding vote lost, despite huge need and great support

Despite a huge effort from many supporters, the Regional Transit funding ballot measure lost with 50.5% no votes outweighing the 49.5% of yes votes.

I am extraordinarily proud of our efforts, including the RTA’s great plan, the immense coalition of supporters and the passionate and hardworking activists. A sincere and deep thank you to each and everyone one of you!

Yes ultimately, our efforts proved to not be enough, especially as our calls for compassion and bringing the region together were drowned out in an election of fear and anger at the “other.”

What’s next? Well, there was no Plan B in place.

The RTA will continue to coordinate transit as they and others discuss and decide what happens next. Please stay tuned and stay involved.