Vote Yes for Regional Transit

Welcome Kristen to the TRU team!

TRU is excited to welcome a new member to the TRU family – Kristen Milefchik! While working on her Masters of Social Work at Wayne State University, Kristen will help lead our Let’s Talk Transit peer-to-peer community engagement program, among other projects.

A lifelong advocate for the rights of people with disabilities, Kristen helped launch the Vote Yes for Regional Transit campaign last year.

We’re excited to have Kristen join the TRU family!

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.

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.

Why Vote Yes for Regional Transit – Talking Points

Several people have asked for some quick talking points that they can share with friends, family and neighbors to explain why they should Vote Yes for Regional Transit on November 8. Here are a few ideas:

The Regional Transit plan will provide several great new transit services:
1) Convenient affordable Airport Express service from all throughout region
2) A Regional Rail train service finally connecting Detroit to Ann Arbor
3) Fast frequent Bus Rapid Transit along Woodward, Gratiot and Michigan Avenues

The Regional Transit plan will also expand service for people who depend on it every day:
1) Connect people to jobs in more places
2) Help seniors remain independent by expanding paratransit service
3) Connect our communities with seamless travel throughout the region

Read on for more!