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E-M:/ Thursday Hearing On Bus Service

News Advisory


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                                   More information:

Tuesday, May 21, 2002                                                                                                                                                     Donele Wilkins

                                                                                                                                                                                                Michelle Shewmaker

                                                                                                                                                                                                Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice





Labor, Environmental Groups Call On

Detroit City Council To Expand Bus Service

Hearing Thursday On Restoring Vital Routes


Detroit City Council on Thursday will be asked to reinstitute and expand Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) bus lines along key suburban routes, a move endorsed by the grassroots environmental group, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice (DWEJ).  DWEJ said restoration and expansion of routes into the Detroit suburbs is an essential first step in establishing an effective regional transit system.  More than 60 percent of SMART bus riders are Detroit residents who are now forced to spend hours trying to get to work because of the City of Detroit’s current restrictive policy. DWEJ joins the Amalgamated Transit Union in supporting a resolution  that will be presented Thursday to the City Council that would to restore and expand DDOT service.


Who:   Detroit City Council


Where:  Coleman A. Young Municipal Building


When:  10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 23



During the administration of former Mayor Dennis Archer the Detroit City Council approved restricting DDOT buses from operating in suburban communities serviced by the SMART bus line.  Although SMART is permitted to pick up and drop off passengers in Detroit, DDOT is not permitted to pick up and drop off passengers in most suburbs.This has resulted in increased transportation costs for Detroiters and unnecessary bus transfers.  Moreover, 1,600 DDOT employees are affected by the reduced service.