DDOT Drivers Refuse To Work: ‘They’re Scared For Their Lives’

DETROIT (WWJ) – UPDATE – 2:30PM: Deal Ends Bus Driver Work Stoppage

People who catch the bus in Detroit may be waiting awhile Friday. About 100 Detroit Department of Transportation bus drivers are at work, but are refusing to drive their buses.

WWJ Newsradio 950’s Scott Ryan spoke with Henry Gaffney, spokesman for the D-DOT bus drivers union AFL-CIO Local 26, who said this was not an organized maneuver by the union.

Gaffney said it’s a matter of bus drivers fearing for their safety, citing an incident that happened Thursday afternoon.

“Our drivers are scared, they’re scared for their lives. This has been an ongoing situation about security. I think yesterday kind of just topped it off, when one of my drivers was beat up by some teenagers down in the middle of Rosa Parks and it took the police almost 30 minutes to get there, in downtown Detroit,” said Gaffney.

Speaking live on WWJ, Mayor Dave Bing spokesman Stephen Serkaian said they are working hard to resolve the matter and get drivers back on the road.

“We’re working diligently to work with the union and encouraging the drivers to get back on the buses and get on the street,” said Serkaian.

Gaffney said bus safety is an ongoing problem.

“If it’s to the point where if the driver is not safe on the bus, then the passengers are not safe, then the citizens are not safe. You know, what about them too? We have no security, you can’t get the police, nobody is doing anything to protect us. And I’ve been begging the mayor and the council for two years to do something to help us,” said Gaffney.

But, Serkaian said there are discussions in the city right now to improve bus safety.

“It is a concern. We want to protect drivers and passengers alike. We used to have police presence on the buses. We’re talking about the prospect of perhaps trailing buses with police cars. Nothing has been decided, it’s all in discussion right now,” said Serkaian. “It’s a short-term and a long-term matter… It’s all about money and it’s all about funding, and our transportation system is already stretched to the max.”

WWJ’s Vickie Thomas was at a deserted Rosa Parks Transit Center in downtown Detroit, which is typically booming with passengers and buses alike.

Saharah X. was waiting at the center for 30 minutes before flagging down a cab.

“They just try to find a way not to do their job. And then they got innocent old people, there an old lady on a cane sitting outside over there, that’s dangerous. And she got to walk? Wow. I mean, what is the world coming to? No love, no nothing. Everybody’s just thinking about themselves. Think about other people some,” she said.

Richard Moses, who rides the bus every day, was waiting a bus stop along Woodward Avenue when a D-DOT supervisor rolled up in an SUV and basically told him to find another form of transportation Friday morning.

“They said there’s no D-DOT buses running at this time and they don’t know when any will be starting back up. I just got off work, I work midnights. Luckily, I got dropped off right here or else I would have been sitting on 8 Mile and Woodward, and I’ve got to go all the way to Livernois and Warren,” said Moses.

Serkaian said they’re asking stranded riders who are waiting for the bus to get to school and work to hang on and be patient.

“We understand their frustration, we feel their pain. We simply have to ask folks to be a little bit more patient while we try to resolve this matter,” he said.

Detroit Public Schools has issued a letter to parents informing them of the situation, saying it doesn’t affect DPS yellow buses, which are running normally. They also said DPS Police Dept. personnel will provide additional watch near bus stops where children may be congregated.

A recording on the D-DOT customer service line said the department “sincerely apologizes for extreme delays in service.”

  • Jon

    WOW…you know I dont live in Detroit but I came to this article after seeing it on the drudgereport. Why is there never any good news out of Detroit? I remember some former mayor called kwami or something like that who got in trouble. What the hell is going on with that city? Liberalism destroyed it and it appears some areas are turning into anarchy. Despair, depression, unemployment, run down areas, etc

    Why do you people keep voting in garbage politicians who always run on the democrat party and then trash everything they touch?

    • rufus levin

      Jon Jon Jon…..It’s a BLACK THING….don’t you get it…..a destiny of insured victimization provides a perfect setting for economic slavery or a do nothing population of racial mental throwbacks.

  • Walter

    Darn right! Here’s what gun control, socialism, and an open immigration plicy gets you across the river!


  • Douglas Sharp

    This is your typical Democrat run city. This started 40 years ago with Clownman Young! These “poor” people will never learn, they just keeping voting for demorats. They like being on Democrat plantations. These people are the reason we have obama…………………..

  • Fanny Forbes Franklen

    “Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.”
    – Plato — http://911essentials.com

  • bigbiz2

    Yeah …those pesky”teens”…code for Black.

  • John H.

    A good dose of Smith & Wesson would solve a lot of these problems. Late term abortion is an option.

  • david

    why is it always Black People…….? Were is Jesse and his Boy Jr….?

  • Ken

    It is really quite simple. Uphold the sovereign right of law abiding citizens to protect themselves and their lives by upholding the second amendment. Start shooting some of these animals and publicly proclaim that a blanket immunity will be granted for anyone that kills one of these neanderthals in self defense. . In short, the gangs should fear for their lives not the other way around. These are extreme times and they require extreme measures. Politically correct platitudes no longer hold water. Society has a right to defend itself from the incursion of the third world.

  • Leaguer

    Mix or match. Semi serious comment.
    Video on bus. NO hoodies or facial coverings as a condition of bus service, one warning before misdemeanor arrest if officer can be found for trespass and/or possession or intent to trespass.

    Undercover karate weight lifting grandmas or nuns on steroids with video monitor, concealed body armor, twelve inch ruler for eight year olds, cell, handcuffs, two tasers and a Glock for the rest. Two or three per roaming team.
    Backup strike team on alert, no automatic weapons or grenades except shift supervisor, team in trailing unmarked cars with big butt sized boots, video monitor, and a designated police defense lawyer supplied free (and litigation-supported) by the Bar association, skin-in-the-game dues, for ad hoc, on site legal opinions as a condition for Michigan license renewal. Video immigration check at the precinct. Parent court costs and fine.

    • rufus levin

      do away with public transportation. walk or get a ride with someone, or buy a bicycle. problem solved.

  • bigbiz2

    Always irritates me when our children are indoctrinated about the phoney heroism of Rosa Parks not giving up her bus seat to a White man 60 years ago..when in truth Whites haven’t been able to even ride a bus at all in Black areas for decades

    • Canuck

      True, dat.

  • TJ2011

    Give all the bus drivers a sidearm. There, I fixed it.

  • Dangerous Freedom

    What happens wihen a democrat city finally has forced all its producers to leave. This is not unique to Detroit – it’s just the first place it’s happening.

    Places like DC can vote themselves government largesse, but Mich can’t. So you can actually SEE the results of pure Dem leftism. They can’t even keep their lights on, folks. No one wants to even live there anymore, not even the people who created their own “utopia”.

  • jack t

    You can take the animals out of the jungle… but you cannot take the jungle out of the animal…

    when are we going to learn?

    thank God we have so few of these monsters in the south west.

  • brett

    I got quite a chuckle out of all this whining about the police not being around to protect the bus drivers and citizens. I have a novel concept for Detroit. How about defending yourselves? Why are the bus drivers and every citizen on the bus completely unarmed? What a disgrace that this society has to cower from teenage thugs. Get a gun and use it.

  • Curioso

    I’ve said it before and i will say it again: Abraham Lincoln had it wrong. Should have left well enough alone.

  • BigBoa

    Being a Detroit area resident (suburb, not downtown but the mighty Boa has spent a lot of time there), and being more than familiar with the wonderful spot the marxists have created, the mighty Boa now has to propose that Detroit be officially renamed in honor of the muslim infiltrator, “Obamaville”. Of course the mighty Boa always calls him O’Bozo, but that doesn’t have the same flow…..

  • smootz

    what we got here is a black problem,
    from detroit to the white house.



    Q. Why not make a request and get private funding for Curtis Sleewa’s group to ride busses for free and help protect the people – like I remember they did in protecting we the people attending Central Park concerts. Getting the public to help help themselves would be a good thing, don’t you think? Everybody loved those good guys in the berets!

  • Ray

    Thugs in training. No respect for others. They are real bad in a group but alone are afraid of the dark.

  • BigBoa

    Right on Rufus Levin,

    It is always encouraging to see others that truly understand this problem. We have O’Bozo in office BECAUSE white people felt FORCED to vote for him. They surely weren’t going to vote against him and be called “racist”….

    The mighty Boa told Mrs. Boa nearly 30 years ago. The “new” definition of racist was anyone who disagreed with ANY ASPECT brought up by the radical black. Thus, the mighty Boa happily wears the title of racist because he disagrees with the radical black on nearly every point…. Call the mighty Boa racist all day long. He couldn’t care less…… While the mighty Boa has no real problem with the black people who are decent, work, pay their taxes, etc, even THEY seem unable to deal with their own out of control savages and all too often turn a blind eye when stuff like this happens. In that case, they have nobody to blame but themselves…..

  • porkys

    Why don’t we make sure the Ten Commandments are removed and lets tear down some churches. Then we can make it a crime to speak about God. To top it off we can start following the koran where it tells you if you don’t believe our beliefs, we” rip your head off. Were a peace loving religion. My point is look what we have done in the past 20 years. Then you wonder

  • TomTA

    Step 1: Arrest and imprison – for a long time – people who beat or threaten other people.
    Step 2: End welfare in all forms. These “kids” have never seen anything BUT role models who don’t work and who get away with being complete parasites. People who work for a living – who have to be responsible, productive members of society – usually don’t raise kids like these animals.

  • Ed

    We need TSA checkpoints at all bus stops now!

  • John Galt

    Who is John Galt?

  • Jim Hampton

    Now go ahead and vote for another Black president, you White A-Holes!!!

    • Niggaz@yahoo.com

      You are an idiot.

  • Stephan Schmidt

    Living next to nigs can be hazardous to your health.

  • Todd Clemmer

    Another “progressive” mess.

  • Karydm

    Detroit appears to be an city unwilling or unable to protect its citizens. This is exactly why we Americans have the second amendment. The courts ruled recently that citizens do not have a right to police protection, so if they don’t show up, be willing stand against the bully. Tryanny in any form can be eliminated by understanding and implementing the 2nd amendment.

  • Il Bui

    Detroit. Just another, typical, liberal created hell hole.

  • Ken

    Liberalism, can’t live with it…. cant live…………. with it

  • Niggaz

    I’m pretty sure I know the skin color of these youths.

  • Bob

    Saharah X Muslim moron.

  • Felix

    Radio Free Northwest has the information you need…


  • Dusty

    WOw1 obamaville on steroids in Detroit. Who would have ever thought that?

  • ed

    what happened to those youths who beat up the bus driver????? Answer that, and there’s your problem. Let the bus drivers carry a gun and after a few shots thugs without the bus driver getting into trouble and the problem’s solved.

    • Never works out that way

      Sounds so nice to say “arm the drivers” but reality is we are currently prosecuting a US drug enforcement officer because an admitted mexican drug runner that he arrested took a deal with the MEXICAN government to say he held the drug runners arms up too high when arresting the guy while wearing a heavy backpack full of cocaine in the US desert. The bus drivers would be armed then placed in jail for using excessive force when defending themselves by shooting their attacker in the foot when the driver was threatened with a machinegun. We as a nation are no good at applying common sense to support for our laws, and nothing I have seen makes me think we will radically improve anytime soon.

  • Common Sense in an Uncommon World

    How about if the child does the crime both the child and the parent does time.

    I know criminal records for juveniles get erased when they hit 18. How about some crimes become exempt from expunging.

    Also society trust a 16 year old with a car that can be used as a WMD and in the commission of a crime then society should try 16 year olds without a second thought as adult otherwise raise the driving age to 18.

  • Malcom

    Any White person with some intelligence would live NO Where near Detroit or any majority black populated city. If you do and you get beaten , robbed, raped and murdered well you have participated in your own demise. Look at EVERY major liberal ran city and you see all the filth, crime, diseases, high drug use, high minority population, high dropout rate and so on. Its time to go back to having seperate societies. multiculturalism doesn’t work. Liberalism is killing Whites and killing America.

  • Duke

    I love the Chrysler Corp’s commercials about their vehicles: “Imported from Detroit”. Because that’s exactly what Detroit is now….a Third World country! Seems like the same type of thug mentality running around in third world nations! Don’t even THINK of using the race card because of my comments. It’s just a fact of what the corruptness of Detroit’s political network has allowed it to become. Voting for someone strictly because of race has allowed this to happen. Well…..live with what you have or change your ways, starting with individual families and start turning in criminals instead of being afraid and claiming “I ain’t no snitch!”. That mentality is what this has led to. Change or live with it!

  • Tony Williams

    the police are constantly accused of racism for enforcing laws against these black thugs. If they started arresting all the thugs in Detroit and beyond, they would be accused as they have in the past, of racial profiling. you guys get what you deserve in that city. if you don’t like it, move.

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  • Robert

    Gee…let’s all guess the race that is causing the trouble….hmmm?

  • SharpShtik

    Democrats, and espeically Minority Democrats (e.g. 96% blacks, 70% Hispanics, 90%+ native Americans), are a social and financial disaster for Americans. they commit nearly all violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault), they receive far more taxpayer funds than they pay in and they vote for Democrats to steal ever more for them to supplement what they already steal for themselves.

    • Canuck

      You’re a dummy. Republican states are the ones who get the welfare checks, Democrat states pay. Google is your friend.

      • Paul

        Who runs the worst cities in America? Newark,Gary,Detroit,Cleveland etc., what do they all have in common?

  • comment comet

    Let them strike. Let the people walk. Let the muggings increase. let the muggers run the streets. Let civilization crumble because, d-mn it – miscreants have ‘rights’ to be destructive. There is no incentive to behave well, morally, or like civilized humans.

    Kick. Cry. Scream like Babies. Occupy and wail. That is the tale.

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  • JT

    This is what LBJ’s Great Society has wrought: packs of feral humans roaming the streets of our cities.

  • Davo

    We at the Omni Consumer Products corparation have a solution to this problem, just put one of our ED-209 security units on each bus in Delta City, I mean Detroit. At OCP we care.

  • Mary Wright

    Give citizens and bus drivers teh ability to protect themselves. The 2nd Amendment needs to be restored.

  • mac

    Detroit has been a hole for quite a while now. Those people make it worse by the day! You know what I mean by “those people”! If you do not, then you are part of the problem. As we allow these hooligans to run rampant day after day, why expect things to get better? They know there are no consequences for what they do, so they just keep on doin’ it! Drop a few where they stand and then MAYBE it might get through their thick skulls that infringement on anothers rights might just get them killed!

  • Bernie Bouck

    “You can have any color you want ( in Detroit ) as long as it’s BLACK .” Henry Ford.

  • Chris

    Given some recent news items(i.e., Quicken Loans), I had this impression that Detroit was Comeback City. I’m guessing that’s true if you can walk to your place of work in five minutes or less and not be in danger from the riffraff.

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