• 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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  • Syri’s thoughts What would Coleman Young think?

    Today my son and I got up early to attend a City Council Meeting. The trip should take about 20 minute, straight down Woodward, Leaving home at 9:30 made a 10:30 ETA seem do-able. Not so, when two buses pass. The third, BTW had standing room only, with all ADA seating taken. We got to

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  • Syri’s thoughts-Bus Drivers are People, too

    Bus drivers are people, too. They are working people. DDOT drivers understand the importance of having a job, of being at work on time. They know that when you take a day off from work, to go to court, to your kids school, or to see a doctor, timeliness is essential. Drivers have attendance requirements,

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  • Is there a bus in your future?

    As the 7 day Jericho Journey moves through its fourth day, suddenly there is a wealth of information about the M1 StreetCar in the news. None of it explains what benefit most Detroiters can expect from a project that disrupts life for the tens of thousands in SE Michigan who drive or ride down Woodward

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  • Syri’s Thoughts Where was the Bus?

    Yesterday, I marched the Jericho Journey for Transit Justice and Community Benefits in the North End. I almost missed the privilege because I waited close to an hour in front of the DDOT office on Warren and Rivard, for a Cross-Town bus. I wondered if someone in the DDOT office was looking down at the

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  • syri’s thoughts if DDOT drivers are not safe,DDOT passengers are not safe

    On Tuesday morning, my son and I walked in solidarity with DDOT drivers, bus riders and other Detroiters concerned about the decline in service and safety on Detroit buses. If our drivers are not safe, neither are their passengers. Numerous assaults on Detroit bus drivers in recent months prove that our drivers are not...

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  • syri’s thoughts, Development in Detroit not of Detroit

     Too bad that while the new Meijer Super Store is right off Woodward Avenue, the Woodward bus does not take Detroiters that far. Like much development in Detroit, it seems to by-pass those along the Woodward corridor who had the most hope for and need of jobs and convenient shopping. BTW for those who can get there,...

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  • syris thoughts-are Bus Riders an Endangered Species?

    Its getting harder and harder to get where you are going on DDOT. Tuesday morning, my son and I got up early to go down the street to the ACLU office on Woodward and Temple for a protest against the proposed “Stop and Frisk” initiative Detroit Police officers are supposed to be trained on. This

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  • Syri’s thoughts-I get “No Respect”

    As a daily DDOT rider, I am beginning to think I am in the middle of a dream, where I am Rodney Dangerfield. As I watch an overcrowded bus pass my stop, or as I walk past a broken down bus, with riders milling around, impatiently calling their jobs or doctors, or child-care providers, I

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