ddot http://michiganradio.org en Bus drivers in Detroit rally for better security http://michiganradio.org/post/bus-drivers-detroit-rally-better-security <p style="margin-top: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; color: rgb(68, 78, 92); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal;">DETROIT (AP) — Bus drivers in Detroit want better security after they say at least eight drivers were hospitalized after attacks by riders in the past nine months.</p><p style="margin-top: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; color: rgb(68, 78, 92); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal;">Fred Westbrook, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 26, tells the Detroit Free Press that Tuesday's rally also was organized to let riders know that drivers are frustrated about crowded buses, buses running late and a lack of police protection.</p><p style="margin-top: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; color: rgb(68, 78, 92); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal;">Ideas for improving security include creating a transit police for the Detroit Department of Transportation. Another rally is planned for October.</p><p style="margin-top: 9px; margin-bottom: 9px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; color: rgb(68, 78, 92); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal;">Officer Dan Donakowski tells The Detroit News that police met Monday with DDOT representatives and offered training to drivers. He says drivers also plan to provide police with information about routes where assaults have taken place so police can step up efforts.</p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 16:49:43 +0000 The Associated Press 14454 at http://michiganradio.org Bus drivers in Detroit rally for better security Detroit area leaders hail federal transit grant as 'model for joint cooperation' http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-area-leaders-hail-federal-transit-grant-model-joint-cooperation <p>Bus riders in and around Detroit will enjoy some updated buses, <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120723/METRO/207230403/1409/metro/Metro-Detroit-bus-systems-get-30M-from-feds">thanks to a federal grant.</a></p><p>Leaders officially announced a $30 million grant for regional transit systems Monday. It was the third-largest amount dispensed to any metro area nationally from the U.S. Transportation Department&rsquo;s State of Good Repair grant fund.</p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 01:49:25 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8407 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit area leaders hail federal transit grant as 'model for joint cooperation' New program, more promised improvements for Detroit buses http://michiganradio.org/post/new-program-more-promised-improvements-detroit-buses <p>Detroit leaders are <a href="http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012120430038">promising better service</a> for the city&rsquo;s more than 100,000 regular bus riders.</p><p>Officials phased in what they&rsquo;re calling the &quot;415 plan&quot; this past weekend.</p><p>It promises service every fifteen minutes along the city&rsquo;s four busiest bus routes during peak riding hours (6 am-6 pm).</p><p>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing turned bus management over to a private firm, Parsons Brinckerhoff, earlier this year. He credits them with improving service.</p><p>&ldquo;I think the outside management team has worked very, very well with our employees,&quot; said Bing, speaking Monday during his first day back from more than a month-long battle with health problems. &quot;They&rsquo;re listening to each other, they&rsquo;re good ideas being brought to the table, and the implementation plan is moving forward.&rdquo;</p><p>But the four-fifteen initiative comes on the heels of cutbacks to other city bus routes, and the elimination of overnight service.</p><p>And while timely service has improved, city officials admit it&rsquo;s still a long way from where it needs to be.</p><p>&ldquo;It should be 90-95% [on-time],&quot; said Detroit Department of Transportation CEO Ron Freeland. &quot;Especially when you consider that most of our customers are going to use more than one bus line.&rdquo;</p><p>In<a href="http://www.detroittransit.org/UserFiles/DDOT%20Report%20Card%20SUMMARY%20April%202012.pdf"> a report released just last week</a>, the transit advocacy group Transportation Riders United gave Detroit&rsquo;s bus system a &ldquo;D-minus&rdquo; grade&mdash;with only 63% of buses arriving on-time. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 22:06:28 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7257 at http://michiganradio.org New program, more promised improvements for Detroit buses New management promises better Detroit bus service, but riders are cynical http://michiganradio.org/post/new-management-promises-better-detroit-bus-service-riders-are-cynical <p>There were some testy exchanges at a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/27/ddot-detroit-bus-cuts-service-city-council_n_1304947.html">Detroit City Council hearing on bus service</a> Monday, as Council members and citizens wanted to know when they can expect the city&rsquo;s notoriously bad bus service to improve.</p><p>Department statistics show that city buses miss stops or otherwise fail to service their routes about one-third of the time. Transit advocates suggest that number is probably too low.</p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 01:06:32 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6394 at http://michiganradio.org New management promises better Detroit bus service, but riders are cynical Detroit introduces new transportation director as cuts loom http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-introduces-new-transportation-director-cuts-loom <p>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120222/NEWS05/120222032/DDOT-CEO-more-reliable-buses?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">a new CEO and new fleet of buses</a> will help turn around the city&rsquo;s struggling transportation department.</p><p>The Detroit Department of Transportation has been struggling for months to put enough buses on the streets.</p><p>In what the city calls a bid to both improve service and cut costs, they&rsquo;ve brought in a private contractor to manage the bus system.</p> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 01:43:06 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6325 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit introduces new transportation director as cuts loom Detroit's public transit system gets new leader http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-public-transit-system-gets-new-leader <p>DETROIT (AP) - Detroit&#39;s problematic public transportation system is getting a new leader.</p><p>The office of Mayor Dave Bing said in a statement Tuesday night that Ron Freeland would serve as the Detroit Department of Transportation&#39;s CEO. Freeland has worked as an executive with other transportation systems in the U.S.</p><p>Word of the appointment comes as Detroit considers ending early-morning bus service as part of an effort to cut about $11 million in costs. The city says some other bus routes could be eliminated. Public hearings on the proposal are planned.</p><p>The mayor on Wednesday also planned to show off new city buses at an event on the city&#39;s east side. The mayor&#39;s office says the new, more fuel-efficient buses are part of the city&#39;s newest fleet that began arriving Jan. 30. Wed, 22 Feb 2012 15:20:32 +0000 The Associated Press 6313 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's public transit system gets new leader More cuts, changes in store for Detroit's troubled bus system http://michiganradio.org/post/more-cuts-changes-store-detroits-troubled-bus-system <p>Big changes are in store once again for Detroit&rsquo;s beleaguered bus riders.</p><p>1000 city workers will be laid off next week&mdash;including 78 bus drivers and 25 mechanics, according to Naomi Patton, a spokeswoman for Detroit Mayor Dave Bing.</p><p>The city <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/09/detroit-bus-cuts-ddot-henry-gaffney_n_1266570.html">recently turned over management of its transportation department</a> to a private contractor, Parsons Brinckerhoff, who sub-contracted with another company, Envisurage.</p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 01:40:28 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 6220 at http://michiganradio.org More cuts, changes in store for Detroit's troubled bus system Looking to Lansing for action as Detroit transit systems shrivel http://michiganradio.org/post/looking-lansing-action-detroit-transit-systems-shrivel <p>Lawmakers in Lansing are working out details of legislation that would create a regional transportation authority in southeast Michigan.<br /><br /> Governor Snyder <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2011/10/snyder_continued_failure_not_a.html">has called for such an authority</a> to coordinate Metro Detroit&rsquo;s bus systems, and provide funding for them and future mass transit projects.<br /><br /> Detroit has a city-run bus system, and a regional bus system that serves both city and suburbs. But despite mounting troubles for both, past efforts to merge them have always failed.<br /><br /> Megan Owens, President of the transit advocacy group Transportation Riders United, said it&rsquo;s unrealistic to expect those systems to merge or go away.</p><p>&ldquo;And actually it&rsquo;s not necessary,&quot; Owens said. &quot;A lot of cities have multiple transit providers. But what they have that we don&rsquo;t is one agency that can actively coordinate and oversee them from a regional level.&rdquo;</p><p>Owens said prior efforts to create a regional authority have always stumbled over issues of &quot;power and money&quot;--whether any party would have veto power, for example, and how money would be divided between municipalities. Those issues are being hammered out behind the scenes in Lansing.</p><p>A spokesman for State Senator Tom Casperson, chairman of the Senate Transportation committee, said he expects&nbsp;legislation will be introduced as early as this week or immediately after the winter recess. Tue, 13 Dec 2011 02:35:22 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 5356 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit outlines action to battle bus crisis http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-outlines-action-battle-bus-crisis <p>Detroit&rsquo;s Chief Operating Officer says the city will bring in an outside company to oversee bus maintenance.</p><p>Chris Brown says that&rsquo;s part of Mayor Dave Bing&rsquo;s strategy to address the city&rsquo;s bus crisis. The situation has many Detroiters waiting as long as three hours for buses.</p><p>The city had instituted furlough days and cut overtime pay for bus mechanics, which led to a lack of buses on the streets. Officials have also accused bus mechanics of a deliberate work slowdown.</p> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 23:26:07 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4984 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit outlines action to battle bus crisis Bus crisis in the Motor City leaves riders stranded http://michiganradio.org/post/bus-crisis-motor-city-leaves-riders-stranded <p>James Hill lives in Detroit and uses the bus every day. And he says he&rsquo;s learned to dedicate hours to getting from point A to point B.</p><p>People who need to catch the bus to work or school in Detroit are in a jam. On any given day, about half the city&rsquo;s buses are parked, waiting for repairs. That, in turn, means hours-long waits at bus stops.</p><p>Hill said he took the bus to visit his son in the hospital a couple of weeks ago. He left the hospital at 4 o&rsquo;clock in the afternoon&hellip;</p> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 13:04:23 +0000 Sarah Hulett 4785 at http://michiganradio.org Bus crisis in the Motor City leaves riders stranded Bing: We'll do "whatever it takes" to fix bus crisis http://michiganradio.org/post/bing-well-do-whatever-it-takes-fix-bus-crisis <p>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says he&rsquo;ll do &ldquo;whatever it takes&rdquo; to get the city out of its current bus crisis.</p><p>Pressure is mounting for Bing to do something about the problem, which has some city residents waiting more than three hours for busses. Bing admits that amounts to a &ldquo;crisis.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 20 Oct 2011 02:03:25 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4642 at http://michiganradio.org Bing: We'll do "whatever it takes" to fix bus crisis Michigan to get $46.7 million for transportation projects http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-get-467-million-transportation-projects <p>Michigan will get close $46.7 million for 16 transportation projects across the state. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in Dearborn today, where he announced the funding.</p><p>Governor Rick Snyder says he and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing will also head up a task force to try and break through a decades-old effort to create a regional transportation authority for southeast Michigan. Snyder says he wants to see quick action, &quot;because we have a legacy here of planning too long and not acting enough.&rdquo;</p><p>Right now, separate bus systems serve Detroit and the suburbs. Both systems face major budget troubles. DDOT, the system that serves Detroit, has cut routes, and riders have complained about hours-long waits. Meanwhile, the suburban system, SMART, just <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/massive-cuts-coming-detroit-area-bus-service">announced massive service cuts</a>.</p><p>&quot;I am hopeful in a short period of time we will have a solution or more than one option in terms of how we&#39;re going to deal with that problem,&quot; said Detroit Mayor Dave Bing.</p><p>Part of that solution will come in the form of help from the federal government, which has pledged $6 million for the city to purchase new busses. Bing says he&#39;s also hoping for concessions from the union that represents the city&#39;s bus drivers. Mon, 17 Oct 2011 18:13:34 +0000 Sarah Hulett 4606 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan to get $46.7 million for transportation projects Lots of woes, but few apparent solutions for Detroit bus riders http://michiganradio.org/post/lots-woes-few-apparent-solutions-detroit-bus-riders <p>There appears to be no end in sight for frustrated bus riders in Detroit.</p><p>Budget cuts have forced Detroit to eliminate more than one-third of its citywide bus service over the past six years. But the city&rsquo;s bus service has gotten dramatically worse in just the last few weeks. <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110927/NEWS01/109270367/Detroit-bus-delays-making-life-hard-riders?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Many riders recount waiting up to three hours for buses to arrive</a>--and finding severe overcrowding&nbsp; once they do.</p> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 21:42:38 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4395 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit parents, kids say bus troubles keeping kids from school http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-parents-kids-say-bus-troubles-keeping-kids-school <p>Parents and students in Detroit say problems with city buses and school bus passes are keeping some kids out of school.</p><p>The school district gives out free bus passes to many students. But some students say they never received application forms, and the schools don&rsquo;t have enough passes.</p><p>District policy says all Detroit students can ride for free in September with last year&rsquo;s bus passes. But many students lost those over the summer.</p> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 21:11:46 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4141 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit parents, kids say bus troubles keeping kids from school Driver sick-out idles dozens of Detroit busses http://michiganradio.org/post/driver-sick-out-idles-dozens-detroit-busses <p>Bus service has been disrupted in Detroit today, with dozens of drivers calling in sick to attend a <a href="http://laborweb.afscme.org/sites/MI_C_25/index.cfm?action=article&amp;articleID=51434dbb-044a-4f81-b9e4-c74e56a4f5b7">labor rally </a>in Lansing.</p><p>Lovevett Williams is with the city of <a href="http://71.159.22.28/Departments/DetroitDepartmentofTransportation/tabid/80/Default.aspx">Detroit&rsquo;s Department of Transportation</a>. She said the sick-out cut bus service by about 20 percent.</p> Wed, 13 Apr 2011 17:37:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 2065 at http://michiganradio.org Driver sick-out idles dozens of Detroit busses