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Bus Drivers Call On Public For Help As Layoffs Loom

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DDOT bus drivers (WWJ Photo/Mike Campbell, File)

DDOT bus drivers (WWJ Photo/Mike Campbell, File)

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DETROIT (WWJ) – Detroit bus riders are getting a little something extra with their ticket — an appeal from drivers who want support as they fight for their jobs.

The union representing DDOT bus drivers is urging city residents to flood the mayor’s office and city council members with phone calls objecting to the planned layoffs of over 160 bus drivers and over 60 mechanics.

Fliers circulating around town also say weekend bus service will be eliminated.

“I’m sure the phone is jumping off the hook, and understandable,” said City Councilman Gary Brown who wants some help from the state. “We’re asking to governor to find a reasonable solution … reasonable funding source to fund the bus system. Merge SMART and DDOT and find us a funding source.”

This is reportedly part of the 1,000 layoffs that Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced in November, although the city is not yet confirming any firm layoff numbers. A spokesperson for Mayor Bing said that information will be released at a later date.

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