At Mayor Duggan’s press conference last Thursday in DDOT’s Warren Avenue bus garage, the Freedom Riders’ Regina DuBose was on hand to speak to the needs of the riding public as DDOT unveiled the first seven of 80 brand-new buses scheduled to arrive this year.
DuBose called the buses a “morale booster.” However, they didn’t come quite soon enough for her that day. After waiting for the 53 bus at the corner of Woodward and McNichols, she ended up calling a taxi so she could get to the event on time.
“New buses are nice,” she said afterwards, “but the battle is not over.”
The Mayor reiterated that poor bus service was the number-one complaint he received from citizens. “I have a goal that we are going to run a first-class bus system in the City of Detroit,” he said. “We’re not close to that goal yet, but we’re heading in the right direction. And 2015 is going to be the year that DDOT actually runs bus service according to its published schedules.”
Mark those words, riders. We need to do everything we can to make sure that happens.