Transportation Riders United

Michael Ford

Regardless of RTA Leadership Change, Transit Still Matters

The RTA has removed Michael Ford as CEO and selected Deputy CEO Tiffany Gunter to serve as Interim CEO effective immediately.

Regardless of leadership, the RTA mission and our region’s transit needs remain unchanged.

In April the RTA will discuss key questions about the Regional Transit Plan modifications and when voters will have another chance to fund transit improvements. Some want to wait three years or more before seeking funding to improve transit, regardless of the enormous needs.

Tell the RTA and County leaders that #TransitStillMatters. Urge them to move quickly to fund transit improvements!

TRU Annual Meeting highlighted progress, challenges

TRU Annual Meeting highlighted progress, challenges

TRU’s Annual Meeting, held Monday January 2017 at the MSU Detroit Center, was packed with over 150 people including transit agency leaders and employees, bus riders, civic leaders, public officials, community activists, and transit supporters.

The event included
1) a TRU presentation on The 2016 Year In Review
2) A State of Metro Detroit Transit Panel Discussion, featuring RTA’s Michael Ford, SMART’s John Hertel, DDOT’s Dan Dirks, and M-1 Rail’s Sommer Woods
3) The TRU Board Election

Highlights of the presentations are summarized with photos and links to videos and downloadable documents.

The Regional Transit Authority at 2 Years Old

It was 2 years ago that TRU, MOSES and other partners welcomed the first meeting of the RTA Board of Directors with a birthday card, balloons, cake, and high expectations. It’s taken a while, but the RTA is now starting to really take off:
– The RTA is now fully staffed with a new Outreach Manager and Planning Director.
– The RTA staff is attending numerous community events throughout the region to learn what the public wants.
– Starting mid-May, the RTA will be launching a major public outreach and engagement effort.
– The Providers and Citizens Advisory Committees have been hard at work.
– And RTA staff is working to provide on-the-ground transit improvements within the next year.

Stay tuned for LOTS more information.

Interactive Annual Meeting on Community Engagement

Thank you to everyone who came out for TRU’s 2015 Annual Meeting, which included three major components:

1) TRU’s Business meeting, featuring the election to the Board of Directors

2) The State of the Region’s Transit presentation by Executive Director Megan Owens

3) An interactive presentation and discussion of Community Engagement in Transit Decision-Making led by Assistant Director Ruth Johnson

See pictures, download documents, and learn lots more about this great event.