• Happy New Year. Here’s hoping that the new year brings safer, more reliable bus service. I have yet to see a police officer on a DDOT bus, and the one bus I rode which had cameras installed was so crowded getting a clear view of any problem did not seem likely. The camera by the

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  • Syri’s thoughts. You’re on camera-maybe

    Blessed are they who have not seen and yet believe…. I believe the folks, including DDOT drivers, who say they have seen Detroit Police riding DDOT buses. I have not seen them yet, but do feel a better vibe on the buses. I took the Woodward Downtown today and while there was a lot of

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  • Syri’s Thoughts-You see any police on buses?

    On Thursday, I took a very crowded Hamilton bus from the New Center to Highland Park, and got in a conversation with another bus rider who had waited an hour at Rosa Parks Terminal for this bus. I guess at this point I am not surprised that she placed 50 percent of the blame for

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  • Syri’s thoughts-Who are we fighting?

    Why is the City of Detroit not defending DDOT drivers? If as many prostitutes were attacked in as short a time frame, wouldn’t police ask the media for help with preventing those crimes? DDOT is well aware of the tensions it has created by cutting bus route, leaving the folks most ¬†vulnerable to job loss

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  • So when are the DDOT¬† riders who get on the bus and abuse drivers going to take their threats and profanity where they really belong? To the Mayor, the City Council and the contractor paid by our supposedly bankrupt city, to run DDOT service into the ground. Approached¬† with the belligerence and profanity heaped on

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  • Syri’s thoughts on Safety & Scheduling

    Safety & Scheduling-aside from their sibilant alliteration, there is a connection on DDOT buses where passengers are having an increasingly impatient and violent reaction to long waits and over-crowded conditions on DDOT buses. Who is scheduling our buses? Apparently, someone who does not need to ride the bus to get...

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  • Syri’s thoughts-Didnt we just get Federal Money for Transportation (again)?

    So…cameras on DDOT buses…hmm? Now if the cameras can get a clear picture of what is going on on over-crowded DDOT buses, the assaults on bus drivers can be posted on the Internet, and shown on the evening news? Is this really a more effective or cost-effective measure than having Detroit Police board and ride...

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  • Syris thoughts. Gary Brown needs to ride the bus

    Yesterday no buses ran. Despite numerous attacks on bus drivers, despite a September rally of bus drivers and riders expressing concern about safety on DDOT buses, Deputy EM Gary Brown, dismissed Monday’s march for safety as an attempt to influence bargaining. From his 200,00 dollar a year perspective, he rubbed all...

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  • syri’s thoughts and the rich get richer

    Summer 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

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  • syri’s thoughts future transportation

    Yesterday I attended a creative design workshop with Siobhan Gregory and WSU transportation design and urban planning students. They shared eye-opening ideas, that made me see that transportation systems can be designed to combine beauty with functionality. I loved that their plans encouraged enjoyment of travel. Several...

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