• syri’s thought, Running errands on the bus

    Yesterday, I had to make a “quick” run to the UPS office at Staples on E Jefferson. A year ago this was a hop, skip and jump out of the North End, since  once you catch a bus into the Rosa Parks Terminal, the Jefferson bus will drop you off at Chene. Now you spend

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  • Will the M1 project help the transit dependent?

    On Saturday my son and I took the Woodward bus downtown. We were heading to the Federal Building on Fort St. Of course, some traffic was re-directed due to the crowd, demonstrating for Trayvon Martin, but I wondered, not for the first time, why Detroit bus riders cannot get to Jefferson (the Riverfront) on week-ends.

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  • Syri’ Thoughts

    On Friday, a friend call me, distressed that Envisaurage CEO Ronald Freeland  , could not be reached. He wanted to speak to Mr. Freeland about having a 2 hour wait for the Woodward Bus from downtown. I had heard that Freeland was gone from DDOT, but not who had taken his place, so promised to

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  • Syri’s Experience-Its Hot waiting on Woodward

    It seems only yesterday I was complaining about long waits for DDOT buses in Michigan’s winter weather-having buses pass me in sleet, snow and freezing temperatures. Once it warmed up, I kinda reconciled myself to standing or walking in the rain, but I am trying to remember if the cold was worse than being out

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  • Syri’s Thoughts

    I am still wondering what happened to the 4/15 plan. Last Thursday, my family and I went to a Candidates Night at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, which is right down Woodward. Since it was raining, we took our rain-coats and umbrellas and walked up to Woodward-did not see a bus, so started walking. Twenty or so

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  • syri’s thoughts on DDOT’s access to affordable shopping weds, 6-26

    My son and I love farmers markets, so in the summer we walk to our neighborhood market on Oakland, near Caniff or take the DDOT bus down Woodward to the Wayne State market.  The weather is often too hot or otherwise too intemperate to get from John R & Hague to the Oakland farmers Market.

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  • Saturday I walked with NEWCC, along with folks from the Peoples Platform, the ACLU, the NAACP and a host of churches, fraternal organizations, and advocacy groups in the 50th Anniversary Freedom Walk.. Taking the bus from the North End to the event was no problem, getting back was a very different matter.   Buses,...

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  • Syri’s Thoughts on travelling Woodward Avenue

    The past 3 days I have gone from Hague St in the North End, to attend Complete Street functions in the New Center. On Monday evening, I only had to wait 10 minutes for the Woodward bus-so who needs a seat for that short a distance? The other 2 days, I took the 20 minute

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  • Syri’s Thoughts “Complete Streets” in the North End

    What are Complete Streets, and what do they mean to the North End and its largely transit dependent population? Well, in Michigan, the legislation defines Complete Streets as “roadways planned, designed, and constructed to provide appropriate access to all legal users…whether by car, truck, transit, assistive...

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  • Complete Streets-Contractors Dream, Commuters Nightmare?

                        NEWCC met yesterday with Hannah, from Parsons Brinckerhoff for an overview of Complete Streets.   Public Act 135 of 2010 requires the development of a complete streets policy to promote safe and efficient travel for all legal users of the transportation...

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