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The State of Transit 2023: TRU Annual Meeting

Thanks everyone who made this an excellent event Including our nine speakers, 70 in-person attendees, and 90 virtual attendees!! Please enjoy these recordings, if you missed it or want to revisit it. More recap coming soon: Top transit leaders, advocates, and riders will share progress from 2022, plans for improvements in 2023, and your role …

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Drivers Wanted: Time to Fix DDOT and SMART’s Operator Shortfall

Metro Detroit’s public transit systems, long hampered by inadequate public funding, are facing a new crisis: not enough bus drivers. The result? Drastically reduced service for riders. To fix this emergency, TRU is urging our transit agencies to take action! Sign our petition here to urge SMART to negotiate a competitive contract with its operators. …

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Big Win for Public Transit!

Wow. We always knew people support public transportation. But few of us expected how widespread the support is, once elected officials get out of the way! According to unofficial election results from the Nov 8 vote: Oakland County expanded transit countywide for the first time ever with 57% support! And Macomb County renewed SMART with …

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Vote YES for County Transit: Why and How

Voters throughout Oakland and Macomb Counties are deciding whether to maintain and expand public transit. On the November 8 ballot will be: The Macomb County Public Transit millage – to renew the millage that funds SMART and local transit providers The Oakland County Public Transit millage – to renew SMART and rural transit services AND …

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Overview of Transit Millages

Public Transit is on the November Ballot! MACOMB County Public Transportation Millage – a renewal of the 0.95 mill funding to keep the SMART buses rolling for another five years While SMART has been serving Macomb County for more than twenty years, in 2018, the renewal proposal came within 40 votes of being defeated and …

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