Disabled Detroiters Fed Up With Poor Bus Service

DETROIT (WWJ) – Members of “Warriors On Wheels” staged a protest, Wednesday, outside the Detroit Department of Transportation’s headquarters on East Warren Avenue.

Metro Detroit chapter president Lisa Franklin says disabled people deserve better service than what they are getting.

“We’re here because of the poor transit system here in the city of Detroit and the bus service that we’re receiving,” Franklin told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Florence Walton. “We’ve got persons with disabilities being denied eligibility, we’ve got them left stranded on the street.”

“We want them to get rid of the old busses, because on the old busses the straps, the securements, don’t work. The lifts don’t work. We get stranded on the bus and when it happens on those old busses, we’re stuck in the back,” she said.

Franklin said complaints to Mayor Bing and City Council have resulted in few improvements and she believes Detroit needs to create an Office of Disability Concerns.

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  1. Marguerite Maddox & Jello says:

    LONG WAIT ON BUSES, PASSENGERS ARE BEING PASS BY; I HAVE LIVE HERE ALL OF MY LIFE THIS IS THE WORST I HAVE SEEN.

    DDOT NEED TO GET REAL AND TAKE A LIFE BY STANDING AT BUS STOPS ALONG WITH EVERY DAY PASSENGERS.

    AND MAYBE THEY WILL UNDERSTAND THE FRUSTRATION WE PASSENGERS HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCE.

    PLEASE DO SOMETHING NOW BEFORE SOMEONE DIE OR SUE DDOT DUE TO THIS LONG WAIT ON BUSES.

    PARA-TRANSIT GUIDELINE NEED TO CHANGE ON DESCRIBING CONDITIONING & UNCONDITIONING.

    NEED BETTER SERVICES FOR PASSENGERS WHO USES MOTORIZE WHEELCHAIRS FOR MOBILITY, MANUAL CHAIRS, MEDICAL ISSUES, SENIORS ARE BEING DRIVING ALL OVER DETROIT & BEING DROPPED OFF AT THE WRONG DESTINATIONS. NEED TO USE ACCESSIBLE VEHICLES NOT THE REAR LIFT BUT THE SIDE LIFTS ARE MORE SAFE.

    AND PERSON WHO USE SERVICE DOG ON DDOT LINE HAUL BUSES IN THE LAST 5YRS.HAS BEEN VERY CHALLENGING; PASSENGER NOT KNOWING ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GUIDE DOG & SERVICE ASSISTANCE DOG. CAN BE EDUCATED.

  2. Marguerite Maddox says:

    LONG WAIT ON BUSES, PASSENGERS ARE BEING PASS BY; I HAVE LIVE HERE ALL OF MY LIFE THIS IS THE WORST I HAVE SEEN.

    DDOT NEED TO GET REAL AND TAKE A LIFE BY STANDING AT BUS STOPS ALONG WITH EVERY DAY PASSENGERS.

    AND MAYBE THEY WILL UNDERSTAND THE FRUSTRATION WE PASSENGERS HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCE.

    PLEASE DO SOMETHING NOW BEFORE SOMEONE DIE OR SUE DDOT DUE TO THIS LONG WAIT ON BUSES.

    PARA-TRANSIT GUIDELINE NEED TO CHANGE ON DESCRIBING CONDITIONING & UNCONDITIONING.

    NEED BETTER SERVICES FOR PASSENGERS WHO USES MOTORIZE WHEELCHAIRS FOR MOBILITY, MANUAL CHAIRS, MEDICAL ISSUES, SENIORS ARE BEING DRIVING ALL OVER DETROIT & BEING DROPPED OFF AT THE WRONG DESTINATIONS. NEED TO USE ACCESSIBLE VEHICLES NOT THE REAR LIFT BUT THE SIDE LIFTS ARE MORE SAFE.

    AND PERSON WHO USE SERVICE DOG ON DDOT LINE HAUL BUSES IN THE LAST 5YRS.HAS BEEN VERY CHALLENGING; PASSENGER NOT KNOWING ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GUIDE DOG & SERVICE ASSISTANCE DOG. CAN BE EDUCATED.

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