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Moving from Vision to Action – TRU annual meeting Tuesday evening

January 24, 2006


You’re invited!

Please join Transportation Riders United’s 2006 Annual Meeting, Moving from Vision to Action!

It will be held next Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 6:30pm in downtown Detroit’s Guardian Building (500 Griswold).

Come learn about exciting transit initiatives such as the Ann Arbor to Detroit Rapid Transit project and ways you can get involved to help achieve the regional transit vision for greater Detroit.

Contact TRU at 313-863-8872 or for more information.


Transportation Riders United is a non-profit organization focused on improving transportation access and mobility in Greater Detroit. We strive to improve the quality of existing transit service and to facilitate the creation of a quality regional rapid transit system, through research, public education, coalition building and public involvement.

TRU is growing, and we want you to get involved!

Our 2005 Annual Meeting was primarily focused on creating a positive vision of the future of the region, “Detroit 2030: An Agenda for a Sustainable Metropolis.”

This year, we’re focused on Moving from Vision to Action.

We will discuss two exciting transit initiatives – the Ann Arbor to Detroit Rapid Transit project and the Woodward Corridor transit project. This spring will be a critical time for public input into the design of the AA-Detroit project. We will have regional leaders and experts from DARTA, the University of Michigan and elsewhere present on the opportunity that these projects represent for the entire region.

We will also discuss TRU’s plans for the coming year and the many ways you can get involved, including:
– Improving existing bus service and ridership,
– Promoting the new transit initiatives,
– Researching the policy changes at the regional and state level for a regional transit system,
– Improving TRU’s capabilities through fundraising and membership building,
– Changing public perception of transit through effective marketing of transit, and
– Building the broad coalition of support needed to achieve a regional transit system.

The meeting will be next Tuesday, January 24 at 6:30pm in downtown Detroit’s Guardian Building (500 Griswold).

Contact the TRU office at 313-963-8872 or

Hope to see you there!



Megan Owens

Executive Director, Transportation Riders United

500 Griswold, Suite 1650
Detroit, Michigan 48226
Phone: 313-963-8872
Fax: 313-963-8876

Our mission is to improve transportation access and mobility in Greater Detroit.




The Aug. 20 seminar has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for Oct. 8. We will combine passenger and freight. We did not meet our minimum attendance requirements. The depot will return the money for those who have paid.

Durand Union Station and the Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers Present:

Transportation Symposium:

As part of Durand Union Station’s centennial celebration we are hosting two transportation seminars.

The first focusing on passenger rail, Sat., Aug. 20, 2005, and the second on freight rail transportation combined with an art show featuring railroad, artist, Paul Adams, Sat., Oct. 8, 2005 at the historic Durand Union Station.

The cost of the Aug. 20 seminar will be $20, which includes a box lunch. The cost for the Oct. 8 symposium will be $35. More information will be provided at a later date for the Oct. 8 seminar.

Click on this link for a printable schedule and reservation form.

Please return your reservation form by Aug. 1 with check payable to Durand Union Station Inc. for $20. Limited seating is available.

The Durand Union Station is located at 100 Railroad Street, Durand, MI, 48429. The station’s website is


MARP treasurer Terry Donnelly died July 15, 2005

Terry Donnelly

Michigan Association of Railroad Passenger (MARP) Treasurer and U.P. Coordinator Terrence F. Donnelly died Friday, July 15, 2005 at his home in Harvey, Mich. after a lengthy illness. He was 73 years old.

Terry was an active member and past president of the Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers, where he currently served as treasurer. This past March he received a lifetime achievement award for his work with MARP.

Terry is survived by: his wife, Pavie; his brother, John Joseph (Ann Nee) Donnelly of Three Rivers; a sister, Joan Therese (Richard) Sampson of Three Rivers; a sister-in-law, Shirley LaBonte of Marquette; a brother-in-law, Edward “Bob” (Mary) Rasmussen of Iron Mountain; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Joseph Michael Donnelly; and a brother-in-law, Bernie LaBonte.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Louis the King Catholic Church in Harvey on Friday, July 22, at 12:30 pm with Rev. Ben Paris, pastor, as celebrant. The family will receive relatives and friends at a reception in the parish hall following mass. Burial will be made in the Holy Cross Cemetery with John Johnson, and nephews, Brendan Donnelly, Dan, Mike, and Rick Sampson, Tim and Greg LaBonte serving as pallbearers.

Memorials may be directed to Public Radio 90 or the Marquette County Humane Society.

More obituary information is available online at The Fassbender Funeral Home, Marquette, which is handling funeral arrangements. Memorial tributes can be made online. The funeral home phone number is (906) 228-3040.


Town Hall Meeting on Amtrak Funding

Please join State Representative John Espinoza, 83rd District and other Amtrak supporters and guests panelists.

WHAT: Discussion on Amtrak’s funding and opposition to proposed cuts to the passenger rail service and how it affects you.

WHEN: Thursday, June 30, 2005 at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: St. Clair County Community College
Room 150, Citizens First M-TEC Center
Corner of Glenwood and Erie Streets (Downtown Port Huron)


Help Stop the Great Train Robbery!!

Join with members of the SEMG Sierra Club, Transportation Riders United (TRU) and Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers on Saturday, June 25, 2005 for a day long excursion from Pontiac to Kalamazoo to show support for full Federal funding of Amtrak. Proposed Federal budget cuts would virtually assure an end to passenger rail service in the State of Michigan.

We will meet at the Pontiac Amtrak station (free parking available) at 10 a.m. for a press conference/rally after which we will board the 11:05 a.m. train (see schedule below for times) bound for Kalamazoo…join us for the whole trip or just part of the journey as your time allows!!!

We will leaflet and converse with passengers at each stop along the route, urging them to contact their legislators to oppose any Federal budget cuts to Amtrak!!! According to Amtrak’s latest surveys, Michigan ridership is up 15% from last year, serving over 600,000 passengers per year and employing 133 Michigan state residents. Rep. Joe Knollenberg (MI) chairs the House Transportation Subcommittee for the Appropriations Committee in Washington, DC. If there is only one action you can take, please phone, email or FAX (letters may be subject to security delays) his office to let him know you want full funding support for Amtrak. (FAX number (202) 226-2356 or email: Rep. Joe, as well your own national and state legislator since state funding is also at risk.

Help spread the word to your family, neighbors & friends!!! Don’t allow George Bush and his Congressional allies to pull the plug on Amtrak by taking away Federal support!!

Don’t Delay; Riders must buy their own tickets or make reservations on line at or at a staffed Amtrak station. The earlier the better; the fare could increase as it gets closer to the departure date or the train could reach capacity. Amtrak officials say that we should not wait for the special discount. Please R.V.S.P. Ed McArdle 313-388-6645 or so that we can notify Amtrak to make special arrangements.

For more info contact: TRU (313)963-8872 or Sierra Club (313)388-6645