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Detroit Students Bemoan City Bus Problems

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Northland Bus Terminal (WWJ Photo/Vickie Thomas)

Northland Bus Terminal (WWJ Photo/Vickie Thomas)

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DETROIT (WWJ) – The City is blaming bus mechanics, and the mechanics are blaming the City as Detroit struggles with a growing problem in its transportation system.

While they’re pointing fingers, Detroit students who ride DDOT are struggling to get to class on time.

Danielle Jackson normally catches two busses to get from Detroit’s west side to Cass Tech High School. “I haven’t been able to make it to school every morning because the busses aren’t showing up on time,” said Jackson, speaking to WWJ Vickie Thomas  at the Northland Transit Center.

“Now I have to walk almost two miles to get here because the busses aren’t stopping to pick me up,” she said.

“I am very angry … I am really heated because I’m missing my classes. I’m getting in trouble in school. I’m not able to get into the building because they lock the doors after a certain time, so, I’m really upset about this right now,” Jackson said, fighting back tears.

Calling the level of service “unacceptable”, Detroit City Council will hold a public hearing on the issue this Friday.

Council members have said that, on any given day, more than half of the city’s  busses are out of service.  In recent weeks, the council has been
flooded with complaints about the bus system
.

- More on this story, here –

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