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Second Phase Of Detroit's City Bus Service Expansion Begins

Last August Mayor Mike Duggan announced a large expansion project for the Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT). For the past six months DDOT has been improving services throughout the city. The second phase of the expansion starts today. This expansion will add 650 trips a week to the schedule, bringing the total number of trips added since September up to 1,300. “Every chance we get, we are going to keep expanding our bus service so Detroiters can connect to jobs and other opportu...

Detroit's Bus Service To Gain 1,500 Trips A Week And Get More 24 Hour Lines, Says Mayor

In the Motor City, depending on who is doing the estimate, between 26% and a third of households do not own a car in the city of Detroit. That’s roughly the same percentage as Chicago or San Francisco – but we obviously don’t have the same transportation infrastructure. Here in Detroit our comparably lackluster system often locks people into poverty as they reasonably can’t get to or from work without a car. So what happens to transportation – especially the Detroit Department of Transportat...

Service Changes Coming To Detroit Buses, And There’s Still Time To Have Your Say

The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) has a set of upcoming service changes coming April 23, 2016, but before then there will be three workshops and two public hearings to, according to city officials, get more input from residents. “We implemented these new Community Input Workshops during our last schedule change and found it very helpful with service development,” says Dan Dirks, DDOT director in a statement. “Some of the decisions we made in January were heavily based on feedback...

Meet Detroit's New Buses: First Seven Hit The Streets In Two Weeks

Detroit’s aging and banged-up bus fleet is about to get a much needed boost. The seven buses hitting the streets in the next two weeks are being equipped with security cameras inside and out.  All of the new coaches will replace older ones that are far beyond their useful lifespan. Making a younger fleet for the city means more buses can be stay in service instead of being constantly under repair, as many of Detroit’s buses are significantly beyond the normal lifespan for such coaches. “Toda...

This Cool Site Shows You Where The Detroit Buses Are

Where the government doesn’t have something Detroiters want, they tend to make it themselves. The excellent Detroitography site has created a map that shows the positions of Detroit buses that are currently in service. The map is fun to look at, and gives you an idea if the bus you are trying to catch is on time or running late, and by how much. “It’s an interesting picture of the overall status of the system: you can see the city in motion,” says Matt H in his post on the Detroitography websi...

EDITORIAL: Why Those Fantasy Detroit Transit Maps Get Us Mad (And You Should Be, Too)

Yet another fantasy Detroit transit map has come out. Following in the footsteps of other aspiring commuting enthusiasts, it has undoubtedly generated thousands of page views for the blogosphere. And it’s pretty. However, it just gets us mad. Not the design. Or the creator. Probably every single one of the creators of these maps over the years are wonderful people. They are not who we’re angry at. It’s our leadership that has for decades shared a lack of vision and the will to make anythin...

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