• Rev. Joan C. Ross, Linda Campbell Speak Out Against Anti-Community Benefits Bill (HB 5977) in Detroit City Council Special Session

    Rev. Joan C. Ross, Linda Campbell Speak Out Against Anti-Community Benefits Bill (HB 5977) in Detroit City Council Special Session

    Read the full text of the Detroit City Council resolution passed in opposition to HB 5977 here.

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    Metrotimes: RTA’s bylaws show a clear bias toward bus over rail

    From the Metrotimes: But a distinction in the authority’s bylaws was raised by proponents of rail transit before the state legislature ever gave the bill final approval. The RTA’s bylaws show a clear distinction, and, some say, preference to bus options over rail. The authority’s board needs a supermajority to ask...

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  • 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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