The Regional Transit Authority covers the full four-county region of southeast Michigan, but has historically held most its meetings in downtown Detroit. But no more! Following encouragement from TRU and their own Citizen’s Advisory Committee, RTA has committed to hold more of their meetings in a broader diversity of locations AND more in the evening …
The RTA and County Executives continue to debate the question of what’s next for regional transit. While they agreed upon a set of questions to explore when they held a retreat in May, no further news has been shared publicly since. No timeline has been set for a decision and they’ve offered no opportunity for public input on these critical decisions.
Key questions include:
1) Size of the Region – Should the rural and exurban areas be removed from the RTA taxing authority?
2) Consolidation – How can transit agencies coordinate, collaborate or consolidate to increase efficiency?
3) Timing of Funding Vote – Should the RTA place funding back on the ballot in November 2018 or November 2020?
4) Transit Plan Changes – Modest or major?
5) RTA Today – What can they do now to improve and coordinate transit?
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!!