Learn what’s up with transit on ‘Tapping Into Transit’ – TRU’s Interview Web Series

‘Tap In’ Now!

TRU’s recurring web series, ‘Tapping Into Transit’, delivers the low-down on all things Detroit transit in 15 minutes or less. Each interview features a prominent voice in regional transit talking about the issues and services that matter. Since launching in 2020, Tapping Into Transit has covered a range of important topics, including DDOT bus driver relations, the RTA’s next steps, the impact of COVID-19, and much more.

Below is a quick rundown of the latest on Tapping Into Transit. You can watch every episode at our DetroitTransit YouTube channel. And while you are there, also check out our ‘State of Transit 2021: Re-Imagining Transit Post-COVID-19 and Virtual Transit Town Hall events, available in full!


Robert Cramer from SMART and Tess Gebretensai from Via joined us to explain their new collaborative microtransit service, SMART Flex. SMART Flex is an on-demand shuttle service designed for short-trips around pilot routes. Watch to find out exactly where SMART Flex can take you and how to schedule a ride!

Why Transit Matters to United Way

As depicted in United Way’s ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Report, ‘reliable transportation’ is identified as one of the MOST critical resources for families struggling to make ends meet. United Way for Southeastern Michigan Director of Advocacy Kyle DuBuc talks with TRU intern Bianca Miles about how transportation access can help ALICE families access greater economic opportunities.

What’s New with the Q-LINE?

TRU Outreach Associate Andre Iadipaolo sits down with new M-1 Rail President Lisa Nuszkowski as she outlines their launch plan for the new and improved Q-LINE.  Nuszkowski describes the process of re-starting service this summer, and what type of improvements Q-LINE riders can expect.

What’s New in New Mobility

Tara Lanigan from May Mobility & Maria Buczkowski from SPIN joined ‘Tapping Into Transit’ to discuss the new mobility services their respective companies are bringing to Detroit. May Mobility specializes in self-driving electric vehicles, and SPIN provides dockless electric scooters. Tune in to hear more about the newest ways to get around in the city.

TRU always welcomes community feedback and input. If there is a topic or guest you want to see on Tapping Into Transit, let us know! Email all input to Info@DetroitTransit.org

Every episode of Tapping Into Transit is made possible by the generous support of TRU members.

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