Detroit Bus Company http://michiganradio.org en 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' Detroit Bus Company revs up for cinco de mayo "test run" http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-bus-company-revs-cinco-de-mayo-test-run <p>Starting this weekend, there&rsquo;s a new transit option for people looking to get around downtown Detroit.</p><p>A new, private bus company is looking to fill in some of the gaps in Detroit&rsquo;s battered transit system.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/detroit/index.ssf/2012/05/detroit_bus_company_hits_the_s.html">Detroit Bus Company will run a route</a> linking the city&rsquo;s central neighborhoods and Southwest Detroit on Saturday. Historically, that relatively small area hasn&rsquo;t been linked very well by traditional public transit.</p> Sat, 05 May 2012 02:07:31 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7353 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Bus Company revs up for cinco de mayo "test run" 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 Suburban resident plans private Detroit bus line http://michiganradio.org/post/suburban-resident-plans-private-detroit-bus-line <p>The Detroit News <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120407/METRO/204070354/Privately-run-bus-line-could-help-Detroit-fill-transit-gap?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p">reports</a> Andy Didorosi is set to open <a href="https://www.facebook.com/detroitbus">the Detroit Bus Co.</a>, a private company with three full-size school buses.</p><p>The 25-year-old Ferndale resident says he&#39;s invested $10,000, and insurance will cost another $10,000 per bus per year. His plan comes as frustrations linger over city buses running late or not at all.</p><p>Didorosi&#39;s first bus will launch the last week of April, and the other two will follow.</p><p>Amalgamated Transit Union Local 26 President Henry Gaffney says city service could be better, but he&#39;s not a fan of a private citizen tackling the issue. Gaffney says Didorosi doesn&#39;t really know what he&#39;s doing. Sat, 07 Apr 2012 19:51:20 +0000 The Associated Press 6950 at http://michiganradio.org Suburban resident plans private Detroit bus line 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 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 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