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Username: Jsmyers

Post Number: 1893
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 3:34 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Considering the amount of discussion these sorts of topics generate, I thought it would be valuable to pass on this message I received in my email today:


Are you . . .
- Excited about the proposed regional commuter train connecting Detroit, metro airport and Ann Arbor?
- Curious about how it will work and how you can help?
- Interested in helping build awareness and support?

Then come to one of four upcoming meetings TRU will be hosting throughout the region (details below):
- Ann Arbor on Monday, March 5 at 6pm
- Royal Oak on Tuesday, March 6 at 6:30pm
- Detroit on Wednesday, March 7 at 6:30pm, and
- Livonia on Wednesday, March 14 at 7pm.

At each, we'll tell you about the history of and plans for the commuter train trial (as much info as is available), talk about what's needed to make it successful, and discuss important ways individuals can help build support for the train. We'll also discuss other transit issues important to each area.

Meeting details:

Ann Arbor - Monday, March 5 at 6:00pm
- At the National Wildlife Federation office at 213 W. Liberty in downtown Ann Arbor, second floor, enter on the east side of the building (caution drivers: do not park in the building's parking lot or you will be towed, street parking is free after 6pm)
- This is the third meeting for Washtenaw County residents interested in transit. At 6pm, we'll discuss the history of and plans for the commuter train for new people. At 6:30pm, we'll focus the discussion on specific actions people can take to build and demonstrate support for the project, including writing letters and outreaching to organizations and businesses. We'll also discuss the proposed north-south train from Ann Arbor.

Royal Oak - Tuesday, March 6 at 6:30pm
- At the Royal Oak Senior Center - 3500 Marais Ave (turn north onto Marais from 13 Mile, east of Crooks, west of Main)
Officially the Leo Mahany / Harold Meininger Senior Community Center
- While the initial commuter train plans don't include Oakland County, Amtrak currently runs three trains a day from Ann Arbor through Detroit to Royal Oak, Birmingham, and Pontiac. These stops are a likely phase two, assuming the initial commuter train phase is successful. In addition to presenting the history of and plans for the commuter train, we'll focus the discussion on what Oakland County residents can do to support the initial train project and push for its expansion north.

Detroit on Wednesday, March 7 at 6:30pm, in conjunction with Detroit Synergy's coffee talk series
- At Foran's Irish Pub in downtown Detroit, 612 Woodward Ave, just south of Campus Martius
- This is the second in a series of three transit coffee talk's TRU is holding with Detroit Synergy. The first discussed busses, the third will discuss local rapid transit like light rail. This one will discuss regional commuter rail, including the history of and plans for the Detroit - Airport - Ann Arbor train trial, potential future commuter train expansion, and ways people can help support and promote the train, including possible Detroit Synergy Dinner Club's using the existing train.

Livonia on Wednesday, March 14 at 7:00pm
- At the Livonia Senior Center, at Farmington Rd and Five Mile
- This will be an introductory meeting for people in western Wayne County to learn about top transit issues. We'll discuss the benefits of transit, the commuter train trial, and how people can get involved in promoting and improving transit.

Learn more about the project and actions you can take here (http://www.detroittransit.org/ cms.php?pageid=32)

Visit the official project website here (http://www.annarbordetroitrapi dtransitstudy.com)

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