Detroit Department of Transportation bus system changes start on Monday

DDOT starting its '415 Plan' to expand service on four of its busiest routes


DETROIT – Big changes to the Detroit Department of Transportation bus system take effect on Monday.

According to DDOT, the new initiative will expand customer service on its four busiest routes; it's called the 415 Plan.

The routes include Dexter (#16), Grand River (#21), Gratiot (#34), and Woodward (#53). The 415 Plan will provide service to DDOT's four busiest routes every 15 minutes, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition, service will increase on the same four routes after 6 p.m.

"Thirty four percent of our customers travel on these four routes, making them our busiest. It is clear they need more predictable service along the routes," said DDOT Chief Executive Officer Ron Freeland. "The 415 Plan will do precisely that. Four routes - 15 minute service, all day long."

"We can't even get an hour or two constant. So now 15 minutes, I don't believe it, but if it happens I'm so grateful, but I don't believe is," said Detroit resident Johnathan Robinson.

There will be no fare increase or additional route reductions as a result of the 415 Plan, according to DDOT.