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Detroit's bus system gets "biggest expansion in 20 years"

Sep 1, 2016

Some hopeful news for Detroiters frustrated with the city's bus system: the city’s making the biggest expansion to its bus system in 20 years, according to the mayor’s office.

If you've ever tried to take the bus to get to work in Detroit, you know it can run late, and it’s got a stubborn reputation for being unreliable.

The city's hiring 80 new bus drivers and establishing more 24-hour service. New express routes should cut some commutes by 30 minutes each way, according to the city.

There will also be a round-trip bus on Saturdays to Detroit's Eastern Market from every city council district. Overall, Mayor Mike Duggan says the expansion will add 1,500 new trips per week.

The expansion starts this weekend and is expected to wrap up in January.