DETROIT -

The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced bus service enhancements and scheduled public meetings on Jan. 21 &23 for customers to get additional information on the changes. Locations, dates and times for these meetings are displayed as follows:

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014 (two sessions)

Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers in Detroit

Morning Session: 10 a.m. – Noon

Evening Session: 6 – 8 p.m.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2014 (two sessions)

Detroit Department of Transportation, 1301 E. Warren Avenue in Detroit

Morning Session: 10 a.m. – Noon

Evening Session: 6 – 8 p.m.

The Department is offering the following enhanced transportation services:

JOB ACCESS REVERSE COMMUTE (JARC)

The JARC program will address the unique transportation challenges of welfare recipients and low-income persons seeking to obtain and maintain employment. The transportation services are designed to transport qualified individuals to and from jobs and activities related to their employment, including transportation projects that facilitate the provision of public transportation services from the city of Detroit to suburban employment locations.

Many new entry-level jobs are located in suburban areas, and low-income Detroit residents experience difficulty in accessing these jobs. In addition, many entry level-jobs require working late at night or on weekends when conventional transit services are either reduced or non-existent. Finally, many employment related-trips are complex and involve multiple destinations including reaching childcare facilities.

State and public bodies are eligible designated recipients. Eligible sub-recipients are private non-profit organizations, State or local governments, and operators of public transportation services, including private operators of public transportation services.

NEW FREEDOM

The New Freedom Program provides public transportation services and public transportation alternatives beyond those required by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et. Seq.) that assists individuals with disabilities with transportation, including transportation to and from jobs and employment support services.

The program was repealed under MAP-21. The New Freedom Program activities are now eligible under the Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program.

This program will continue the goals of these programs by funding alternative forms of transportation where traditional services are unavailable, inappropriate, or insufficient.

FEBRUARY 8, 2014 SERVICE ENHANCEMENTS BY ROUTE

WEEKDAY BUS SERVICE

Route 11 – Clairmount

Full Crosstown east-west service will be restored.

Route 14 – Crosstown

Westbound: Bus service will increase nightly.

Eastbound:  Bus service will increase nightly.