Transportation Riders United

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 be working with TRU to learn about social change advocacy and help us in the fight for better transit.

Kristen spoke at the opening press conference of the 2016 Vote Yes for Regional Transit campaign.

While new to TRU, she is far from new to transit advocacy. You may have seen her in the 2016 Vote Yes for Regional Transit campaign. She has a neuromuscular condition and is in a wheelchair for life. Far from letting that slow her down, Kristen has long been an effective advocacy for people with disabilities – even voted Ms. Wheelchair Michigan 2015 for being such an effective advocate!

“My personal interest in better public transit is experiencing firsthand how people with disabilities cannot access their communities for work, recreation, or worship without a reliable public transit system. To be without this access is to be disconnected from the social and cultural worlds that people with disabilities have been fighting to be fully integrated in for decades.”

She brings another important perspective to TRU – she’s from Clarkston, a northern Oakland County communities that has no access to public transit of any kind.

Kristen will help lead our Let’s Talk Transit peer-to-peer community engagement program, among other projects.

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