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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!

On November 8, the People Will Decide!

The Regional Transit Authority has officially voted to place the regional transit funding measure on the Nov 8 ballot! This is a truly momentous occasion: For the very first time, people throughout all 4 counties of southeast Michigan will have a chance to vote on investing in improved regional transit.

It looked for a while that this day would not come. When the Oakland and Macomb board members refused to support placing it on the ballot on July 21 and again on July 28, we feared regional transit efforts would be delayed for years!

Getting this on the ballot did come at a price – each County and the City of Detroit will all have to affirmatively approve all future changes in the transit plan and allocations of state and federal funding coming to southeast Michigan. While the sausage-making isn’t always pretty, we got the outcome we needed.

Time to get down to work persuading people throughout southeast Michigan to VOTE YES for RTA on November 8!

Regional Transit in the Jaws of Defeat!

Regional Transit in the Jaws of Defeat!

Despite overwhelming need for regional transit improvement, and despite pleas from the region’s community and business leaders, Oakland and Macomb leaders today (July 28) blocked regional transit.

When the RTA board voted to place transit funding on the November ballot, 5 members voted for it – all the board members from Wayne, Washtenaw and Detroit. But all 4 from Oakland and Macomb voted against it. Since the law that created the RTA required an affirmative vote from each county, that vote failed.

Not all hope is lost, however. If the County Executives can work out a deal in the next two weeks, the RTA could bring it back up for another vote, but they must do so before August 16 to get it on the ballot.

Otherwise, we’re likely stuck for another 4 years before we have another chance to vote on true regional transit.

We need your help to keep up the pressure!

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[...]