• Weekend (Dis)Service

    Yikes! Today, my son and I decided to go downtown on the Woodward bus. We should have packed a lunch.   Usually, we start walking if we can’t see the bus when we get to Woodward. From Hague to Bethune is about a 15 to 20 minute amble, a little more with a stop in

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  • Nightmares on DDOT

    I have nothing against the homeless taking shelter in the bus kiosks from the elements, but the criminal element are a whole ‘nother thing.   Saturday, I had to take a package to a UPS drop-off.Waited at the bus kiosk at Woodward and Euclid about 20 minutes. For the most part, I avoid going inside

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  • “Improved Service” For Whom?

    I took the bus to visit my sister at Providence Hospital today. ‘Took the Woodward, which came within 10 minutes, to Milwaukee, ‘walked over to the New Center and caught a Dexter bus with no more than a 5 minute wait.   The Dexter bus took me to the door of Providence Hospital in Southfield.

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  • Safety Matters

    0n Friday I took the Woodward bus north to Revival Tabernacle Church in Highland Park  I went to pay respects to one of my co-workers who departed life this week. No real complaints about my northbound ride. The bus was crowded, but not so much that anyone was left at the stops.   Coming out

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  • Going to the Market

    I have ridden all 4 of the 415 buses in the past 48 hours. I have to say that while it is possible that these buses ran every 15 minutes, the fact that there are not up-to-date schedules for the other buses still makes traveling to an appointment problematic.   Today, my son and I went

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  • Broken Fare Boxes, More Bunching Buses, and Missing Schedules

    Yesterday I had a no worries outing on 3 of the 415 buses: the Woodward, Grand River and Dexter. It was troublesome though that the Woodward had a broken fare box. Since I pay for a monthly bus pass, I experience minor resentment when the fare box is broken and everyone else just rides free.

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  • Bus Bunching, Bus Drivers, and Terminal Terminals

    Daily Reports from a North End Bus Rider So my son and I rode 3 buses including the Woodward today. Of course we did not have to wait more than 15 minutes for one to pass us by. It was closely followed by another which had seats. BTW, this bus also had a courteous, professional

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  • Bussing Today: Detroit Style

    Riding the DDOT buses is an everyday adventure. I am just back from a meeting at St. Matthew’s & St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church Detroit in the North End. Residents in our neighborhood are being economically strangled, as most bus service in our neighborhood has been eliminated on weekends, and the so-called...

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