Some of Detroit's public buses aren't running after the transit system warned of a threatened "sick-out" protest by unionized drivers.
People at bus stops served by the Detroit Department of Transportation had to find another way to get around Monday morning.
Detroit's chief compliance officer Gary Brown tells The Associated Press that 156 drivers called in sick. Brown says DDOT needs 180 drivers for morning service and he's hopeful drivers will be back on the job for the afternoon shift.
Those who rely on the bus were left with a mixture of anger and understanding morning.
"They have a point yes, they need to be safe but who are you hurting," said Anthony Smith who depends on the bus service.
After no DDOT bus on Chene Street Monday morning, Smith had to hoof it over to Gratiot Avenue to find a Smart Bus stop.
His total walking time, "Possibly an hour and 15 minutes," he says. Smith was two hours late for work.
He says there are less fortunate DDOT passengers feeling the sting of today's sick-out.
"Older people got to get their medicine, this is Monday morning so people are in transition, taking their kids to school, going to work, looking for work," said Smith.
What about students that ride the DDOT bus? Over on the west side Darnell Newbold was late getting to Allen High School.
Bus fare is $1.50. But, today for Jaylon Sessions it will cost him far more to get to where he needs to go.
"I'm going to catch a cab," he said.
Detroit resident Jerry Bell's sister is a DDOT driver.
"I started asking her questions about why, why the buses aren't running and she was saying it's unsafe, drivers get assaulted, so you know, she has every right to be concerned right now," said Bell.
"I want the drivers to be safe because I want them to get me where I got to go," said Smith.
A recording on the Detroit Department of Transportation's phone line said that the union "scheduled a sick-out Monday" and "bus service will not be in operation." The union has said it isn't behind the job action and can't do anything if drivers call in sick.
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 26 planed a rally Monday in downtown Detroit to protest violent attacks on bus drivers.