13010_486732021423281_1796456337_nSummer is ending so my son and I have been trying to get to the last farmers markets of the season. Our bus trips have turned to day long outings with the long waits for DDOT buses. On Wednesday we walked to Grand Blvd without seeing a Woodward bus, waited 30 minutes for a Dexter that was too full to pick us up, and another 15 for the Dexter that finally picked us up. Coming back to the North End, we waited about 15 minutes for an over-crowded Woodward bus.

We have to walk more than a mile to our neighborhood Farmers Market, since neither the Oakland nor the Clairmount buses run on Saturday. To get to the Eastern Market, we have to go all the way downtown, since the Russell bus does not run on Saturday. In the winter the Eastern Market is the only Farmers Market available to us, and with this type of transit time we will probably be travelling in the dark.

Yet the Streetcar route enhances transit for people with no dependence on Public Transit at the expense of Detroiters who do depend on buses for fresh food, medical care and to commute to work. One of those things that make you say h’m…