Friends of Transit: Getting There Together Weekly

May 4, 2009

The Final Four Edition

Folks,

No basketball hoop-la happening here–we are simply down to our final four days until the Silver Line election. Some might even call it May Madness!

So, suit up and get in to the action!

Friday’s task–did you send that e-mail yet to your family, friends and neighbors to ask them to VOTE YES on May 5th for the Silver Line? No better time than the present!

Saturday’s task–how about walking through a neighborhood and dropping off some literature to get folks to the polls voting YES for the Silver Line? Details are at the Friends of Transit website. We’re meeting at the Kent Ionia Labor Council Hall, 918 Benjamin NE (off of Fuller Ave) at 9:30 a.m. that morning. If you can’t walk with us, how about a stroll up and down your own street encouraging the YES vote for the Silver Line? The weather should be fine.

Sunday’s task–the blogosphere is calling. Seems that the few opponents to the Silver Line are jamming the message boards on the local media outlets. This Sunday, the GR Press will be running an article on the Silver Line and we need you to log in to www.mlive.com, find the article on the millage campaign and then post a message in favor of the Silver Line.

Monday’s task–this one’s easy. Just call a couple dozen of your family or friends to remind them to VOTE YES for the Silver Line!

Of course, Tuesday is saved for voting and then the celebration that evening of some very hard work.

All for today.

Dave

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April 28, 2009

The Silver Line Express Special Edition

Folks,

One week to election day.

Have you e-mailed your family, friends and neighbors to ask them to VOTE YES on May 5th for the Silver Line?

This special edition of GTT Weekly is focussed only on this critical need–the Silver Line’s future needs you to send a very brief, “express” message to every one you know via any and all means available.

The express message:

Vote YES on May 5th for the Silver Line.

If you want to send along additional information, how about a link to the Silver Line commercial which shows the animated Silver Line in action.

Or, you could send along a link to the video of bus rapid transit in action in Cleveland.

At the risk of overloading your e-mail, there is always tons of info at the Silver Line website or the fact-packed Friends of Transit website.

Enough from me–please don’t delay in sending your VOTE YES e-mails!

All for today.

Dave

April 10, 2009

The Virtual Virus Edition

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Folks,

We are now under four weeks to the Silver Line Millage election on May 5th and it’s time to catch a cold.

I’ve heard tell that we’re all connected to each other by six degrees of separation or less. Some have said that we’re even closer via the Internet. With Facebook and Twitter and all the other such new-fangled things, we’ve got to be only two or three mouse clicks away from each other.

So what are you waiting for? How about helping to start a virtual virus?

I can see it now. Every Inbox in Kent County catching the Silver Line fever within a day or two?

It’s easy. No coughing or sneezing required. Just point and click and you’re passing on the germ that will lead to the next generation of public transportation service in our community brought to us by The Rapid/ITP–the Silver Line.

So, pass it on!

And if you really want to hang out with other infected folks, try on some Friends of Transit volunteer work. The next three Saturdays (starting on April 18th) will be filled with “lit drops” throughout our area. In between times, many of us will be making a few phone calls to likely voters.

Finally, if you really want to infect the community, why not write a letter to the Editor of the Grand Rapids Press? It’s easy–just send an e-mail of 200 words or less to pulse@grpress.com and the virus will spread far and wide.

Can’t beat the old fashioned viral infection going on.

So, pass on the Silver Line virus to your family, friends and neighbors! May 5th is fast approaching and we need our entire community to have the Silver Line fever by then!

All for today.

Dave

April 3, 2009

The Calling All Volunteers Edition

Folks,

We are 32 days from the Silver Line Millage election day. Believe it or not, people have begun voting this week as absentee ballots began going out from city clerks in the six cities. Friends of Transit has been equally as busy sending information to these voters in order to garner a “YES” vote for the Silver Line – a Rapid Transit Service of The Rapid/ITP.

It now time to step up our efforts in the public square and at people’s doorsteps in order to get all of us to vote “YES” on May 5 for the Silver Line.

As for action in the public square, there are many ways you can help!

First, have stated your support for the Silver Line out on the World Wide Web? It’s not too late to place your moniker on the list of hundreds of persons and organizations who have already endorsed the Silver Line. Head to the Silver Line endorsement form to get signed up today!

Next, how about seeing your name in favor of the Silver Line in print? Please consider a letter to the editor to your favorite local newspaper. For the Grand Rapids Press, simply send an e-mail to pulse@grpress.com — limit your submission to 200 words and include your name, address and daytime phone number. Then look each day to see if your name is in the Press.

Finally, how about a sign for your front yard? As the public walks and drives by, you’ll want to show off your support!

Others are looking at the campaign–Article on the Kick Off Celebration in the March 31st Advance/Cadence.

As for one-on-one action, Friends of Transit has many options for you as well.

The best (and most fun) is sending information on to your family and friends. Head to the Friends of Transit website in order to learn how you can get connected via Facebook to let your “friends” know about the Silver Line. You could also grab a fact or two and send them along in an e-mail to people you know. Finally, in the next week, we’ll have electronic versions of all our campaign materials for you to forward to every one you know in the six cities. (Just think of all the trees you’ll save!)

How about volunteering to make some phone calls later in April? As election day nears, we’ll want to contact as many voters as we can in order to get out the vote.

Next, many of us will be heading out to the many doorsteps of our community the two Saturdays before the election, April 25th and May 2nd. We’ll be gathering at about 9:30am those days for a good ol’ fashioned lit drop to pass out another piece of literature on the benefits of the Silver Line. You won’t want to miss these spring walks!

And, of course, you need to VOTE YES on May 5th.

Your help will be indispensable. Contact the campaign at info@rapidyes.org for more information on any of these volunteer roles or to sign up!

All for today.

Dave

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