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3-Part Strategy for Great Transit Investment

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.

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.

RTA Delay Risks Transit Funding!

The RTA was scheduled to vote Thursday July 21 to adopt the Regional Transit Master Plan and place the funding on the November 8 ballot. Unfortunately, objections from Oakland and Macomb board members have delayed that vote.

Delay is risky because if the RTA does not vote by August 15 with an affirmative vote from every county, funding cannot be placed on the November ballot and the region would have to wait at least two more years.

RTA staff are working diligently to address their concerns. The board is tentatively scheduled to meet again July 28.

A powerful case for transit and call-to-action from Wayne County Exec Warren Evans

Tuesday night, Warren Evans gave one of the most compelling and well-reasoned transit speeches this region has ever heard. Here are a few highlights of his State of the County address: Transit is the intersection of moral and economic imperatives.... While the moral reasons, alone, should move[...]

3-Part Strategy for Great Transit Investment

With lots of news and uncertainty about the future of regional transit, TRU asked our members and allies what they thought our strategy should be. Dozens of people replied and a clear consensus developed: What Could/Should Be Next for Regional Transit Plan A:  The best solution is a full four-cou[...]