Announcing the 2017 Regional Transit Awardees!

Please join us in congratulating the 2017 Regional Transit Awardees:

– Forward Motion Award for Most Effective Public Servant: Warren Evans, Wayne County Executive
– Exemplary Innovation Award: RefleX, the joint service of DDOT, SMART and RTA
– Unsung Hero Award: Alexis Blizman
– Transit Employee of the Year: Ben Stupka, RTA Manager of Planning
– Transit Activist of the Year: Daniel Duane Spyker

Please join us as these awards are presented at TRU’s sixth annual Regional Transit Awards dinner on Thursday evening, May 11.

RTA Spring Newsletter

A letter to Southeast Michigan (copied directly from the RTA email, apologies that the images didn’t copy)   Dear Friends, The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) has been busy working to review and assess the outcome of the November election.  Throughout 2017, the RTA will work to maintain and build upon the momentum and support that …

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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.

Detroit Area Transit Year-in-Review

If you’re a glass-half-empty person, 2016 was a disappointing year due to the loss of the Regional Transit ballot measure. The request for a major investment in reliable regional rapid transit fell short of the majority it needed to pass.

We at TRU try to see the glass-half-full and see 2016 as a very productive year. Not only did the region demonstrate more civic and voter support for regional transit than ever before, but DDOT bus service significantly improved, M-1 Rail’s QLINE is nearly ready to start, and the new regional Reflex service is providing seamless cross-county connections.

While work remains, 2016 meant notable progress for Detroit area transit. Please enjoy this summary of 2016 Detroit transit and TRU’s Year-in-Review.

Exciting Regional Express Bus Service and DDOT Service Expansions!

While most of the major transit service improvements are dependent on passing the Regional Transit ballot measure this November, there are some important improvements starting now! New regional transit service launching – Reflex!  RTA, DDOT, and SMART have partnered up to launch a pilot project called Reflex. Starting Sept 3-5, you can travel quickly and …

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