DETROIT (WWJ) – The Detroit Department of Transportation discussed upcoming changes in DDOT bus service during Friday’s public hearings at the Northwest Activity Center and Wayne County Community College.
The DDOT public hearings on bus system changes, set to take effect in early March, were more about informing bus riders of the changes and taking down their comments, than a discussion on the impact of those cuts.
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For example, DDOT rider David Porter uses the Grand River bus to get to and from his job in Downtown Detroit.
“Well, I work afternoons, 3 p.m. until 11 p.m., and if I do happen to work overtime, then I would be stranded,” Porter told WWJ’s Pat Sweeting.
Porter said he’s not holding out hope, however, over the elimination of service on the Grand River bus line from midnight to 4 a.m., as he said it’s likely to change.
“From what I hear, some of these schedules have already been printed out with these new changes on them,” he said.
Last week, the city said it is ending early morning bus service as part of an effort to cut about $11 million in costs and improve the city’s problematic public transportation system.
The city reports only 15 customers per hour utilize Detroit Department of Transportation bus service between 1 and 4 a.m., representing .5 percent of DDOT’s daily riders and 6 percent of DDOT’s daily costs.
Detroit Chief Operations Officer Chris Brown said changes were designed to impact the smallest numbers of DDOT’s average of 104,000 daily riders. Read more, here.
For more information on the bus service changes, visit www.ridedetroittransit.com or call 313-933-1300.