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Transit Tuesday Talks Recap: State Solutions to Transit Troubles

TRU’s monthly lecture series, Transit Tuesday Talks, returned on Nov. 14 to discuss the State of Michigan’s policies on public transit and urban planning, how those policies are currently affecting Detroit area commuters, and what needs to be done to make sure that Michigan’s transit infrastructure will once again become world class. Zach Kolodin, the …

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Flex Your Grants: A New Report from TRU and Partners

Given unprecedented levels of federal funding now available for US transportation projects, TRU was pleased to collaborate with several partner groups from across the Midwest to develop a new report, “Flex Your Grants: Leveraging Federal Dollars for Clean Transportation Projects.” This resource was authored by the Shared Use Mobility Center in collaboration with the RE-AMP …

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DDOT needs a real fix, not a black-out or band-aid

What does DDOT think they’re hiding? Following demands from TRU and other bus advocates, the City of Detroit has for years been posting the DDOT Performance Dashboard each month. They’re introduced as such: The performance dashboard, updated monthly, provides a snapshot of DDOT’s operating performance and is one of many initiatives underway to increase transparency. These …

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Despite COVID Decline, DDOT Remains in Crisis!

“Average Weekday Pull out PM: 65%” It sounds neutral enough, until you know what it means: Every day, many scheduled buses aren’t operating and riders are left stranded. During April and May, 3 out of every 10 buses that were supposed to pull out of the bus garage each afternoon didn’t. That means 3 out …

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Rare Chance for Big New Federal Funding for Transit Operations!

Imagine if southeast Michigan bus lines ran every 10 minutes! (No more 45 minute or 2 hour waits for buses!) Imagine bus service prioritizing the most underprivileged communities! Imagine if all bus routes ran 24 hours a day, including weekends! Southeast Michigan’s transit system has long been underfunded, investing 1/3 what most major metro areas …

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