DDOT proposal to give bus drivers chance to earn yearly $4,000 attendance bonuses
On Monday, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced that all bus drivers within the Detroit Department of Transportation could earn up to $4,000 a year in bonuses. Drivers will have to meet a minimum attendance requirement to be eligible.
DDOT & Crime Stoppers Come Together To Place Signage Inside Buses, In An Effort To Curve Crime
Crime Stoppers of Michigan and DDOT come together to place signage inside all city buses. They're hoping anyone with crime tips will call crime stoppers and report in an effort to curve crime in the city and beyond.detroit.cbslocal.com
DDOT/SMART Will Resume Bus Fare March 15, Both Adding More COVID Safety Measures
(CBS DETROIT)– Starting March 15th riders on SMART and DDOT buses will be required to once again pay bus fare. Payment had been suspended since March 2020 to limit exposure between drivers and operators, DDOT Executive Director of Transit Mikell Oglesby says new safety modifications are being implemented. Such as hand sanitizing stations that riders are required to use upon entering the bus, permanent barriers will separate drivers from passengers as front door boarding resumes. He says there will also be an increase in rider capacity to 20 on a standard bus to 26 on larger ones. Dart Regional Passes can be purchased via the DART app; more info can be found at paywithdart.org.detroit.cbslocal.com
DDOT installing 288 safety barriers amid COVID-19 pandemic
DETROIT – A total of 288 safety barriers are being installed on Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) buses in an initiative to protect the safety and health of bus drivers and passengers during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, according to city officials. “We’re excited about the new barriers as part of our ongoing commitment to protect the bus operators and the riders,” Oglesby said. “We consider our bus drivers among our city’s first responders and they deserve to have the protection they need and deserve.”Additionally, bus drivers staged a work stoppage in October over concerns of safety amid the pandemic. “The barriers are an important piece in resuming fare collection, but not the only piece,” Oglesby said. With the exception of ADA front-door boarding, all passengers will enter and exit the bus through the rear door.
DDOT bus driver injured in multi-vehicle crash near Dequindre, East Outer Drive
DETROIT – A Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) bus driver is in the hospital after a violent crash on Detroit’s east side that involved multiple vehicles. It happened at the intersection of Dequindre Street and East Outer Drive. Police said a 23-year-old driver of a Purple Magnum caused the multi-car crash involving a DDOT bus at the intersection. The bus hit some poles and the bus driver was ejected from the vehicle. The bus driver is recovering at the hospital.
DDOT reaches agreement with union, bus service to resume today
DETROIT – The Detroit Department of Transportation and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 26 came to a memorandum of understanding Sunday. Initially, bus drivers walked out, claiming their safety is at risk and they want more protections. The agreement seeks to resolve a number of concerns regarding the safety of bus drivers. “We want to apologize to the men and women out there, our public,” said Amalgamated Transit Union Local 26 president Glenn Tolbert. DDOT confirmed bus service will begin Monday at 3:30 a.m. and urges residents to remember the following:
Detroit bus drivers work stoppage continues for third day
DETROIT – It looks like Detroit Department of Transportation bus drivers could be headed to court after walking off the job. The city is looking for a judge to send the union back to work, but the drivers are banding together and claiming their safety is at risk and they want more protections. When Dillard asked the man to put on a mask, he pulled his coat over his face and Dillard idles the bus. After some time, the man gets up, removes the COVID-19 distancing chain and asked Dillard why the bus isn’t moving. The DDOT drivers union is expected to hold a meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday and discuss the ongoing work stoppage.
SMART service continues to operate despite DDOT driver work stoppage
DETROIT – SMART is continuing to operate its scheduled service, including SMART FAST Gratiot, Woodward and Michigan going into downtown Detroit. During the service suspension with the Detroit Department of Transportation, additional buses will be placed along key SMART routes to ensure adequate service is available for riders. To ensure everyone is working together on these protocols, SMART introduced its SMART COVID-19 Safety Playbook outlining all the steps and procedures at all of its facilities, and for employees and riders. The SMART COVID-19 Safety Playbook is available on www.smartbus.org. SMART continues to work in close coordination with its unions and to monitor the situation closely.
Detroit mayor holds briefing to discuss DDOT driver walk-out
DETROIT – Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is holding a briefing at noon Saturday, Oct. 3 to discuss the ongoing Detroit Department of Transportation driver work stoppage. The briefing comes as city officials try getting drivers back to work. Today’s briefing is taking place at Spirit Plaza right outside the Coleman A Young Municipal Center.
Video shows altercation between DDOT bus driver, passenger
DETROIT – A video shows intense moments between a bus driver and passenger on board a Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) bus. The incident on Sept. 8 led bus drivers across the city to walk out on the job earlier Friday morning after the city suspended the driver. Oglesby said that is an understatement after 288 bus drivers walked off the job Friday morning. The drivers are claiming unclean conditions and an unfair suspension of their fellow bus driver, who they said is a victim of an assault. The video appears to show the driver punching the rider first, multiple times, even slamming him to the ground.
DDOT drivers stage work stoppage on Friday over work conditions during COVID-19 pandemic
Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) drivers staged a work stoppage and said they don’t feel safe on the job due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. READ: DDOT bus service stops due to driver labor disputeDetroit has 228 DDOT buses. The city brought in Police Chief James Craig and the Chief Operating Officer Hakim Berry to negotiate new safety rules that drivers want to see. They also brought out a new safety door to be installed on all DDOT buses. READ: ‘We’re putting it on the line’: DDOT bus drivers want more protection amid COVID-19 pandemic
DDOT bus service stops due to driver labor dispute
DETROIT – The city of Detroit announced Friday morning that there is no bus service due to a driver labor dispute. Here is the statement from the city’s Department of Transportation (DDOT):“The Detroit Department of Transportation is currently undergoing a driver work stoppage due to a labor dispute. At the time being there is no bus service. My men and women are putting it on the line every day,” President of DDOT Union Local 26 Glenn Tolbert said in July. At one point in March, DDOT bus fares were suspended in order to reduce close contact between drivers and passengers
Detroit police investigating after 2 shot during altercation on DDOT bus
DETROIT Police are investigating after two people were shot during an altercation on a DDOT bus on Monday in Detroit. A 19-year-old suspect was involved in an altercation with his brother, 20, on a DDOT bus. The suspect was arrested in the 3600 block of Gratiot Avenue and a weapon was recovered. Anyone with information is asked to call Detroit Police Departments 7th Precinct at 313-596-5740, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak Up. READ: More local crime reports
Were putting it on the line: DDOT bus drivers want more protection amid COVID-19 pandemic
DETROIT Detroit Department of Transportation bus drivers have been some of the essential employees who have been hit hard on the front lines of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Now, drivers are worried a promise was made by city hall for more protection that may not be fulfilled. Drivers who said theyve been assaulted and spit on said they want face shields for protection. They said the city promised face shields, but its taking more time than they expected. My men and women are putting it on the line every day, President of DDOT Union Local 26 Glenn Tolbert said.
DDOT Provides Free Masks To Passengers
City officials are encouraging DDOT passengers to wear safety masks during their bus rides to help stop the spread of Covid-19. DDOT is providing 20,000 free surgical masks for riders to cover their mouth and nose. People get kind of greedy you know what Im saying, want to take three or four so when other people get on theres none, said Jackson. It comes following the death of Jason Hargrove, a DDOT bus driver who raised concerns about passengers coughing and possibly spreading the virus. As part of the new safety guidelines passengers are now skipping the Farebox and entering and exiting at the back door.detroit.cbslocal.com
LIVE STREAM: Detroit Mayor Duggan, DDOT union address coronavirus concerns after service shut down
DETROIT – Service was shut down on Tuesday after Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) bus drivers refused to drive routes due to coronavirus concerns. UPDATE: Mayor Duggan: DDOT bus rides will be free, service to resume WednesdayWatch it live below:“(The CDC) already said not more than 10 people in a setting. No hand sanitizer, no gloves from the department,” said Schetrone Collier, a DDOT bus driver. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced DDOT bus service will be shut down Tuesday morning. Duggan said the drivers expressed concerns including the health of passengers, the cleanliness of buses and how they have lost access to public restrooms.
DDOT to install new bus shelters and fareboxes
Within the last week, DDOT announced two new service upgrades that will help riders, especially in the winter months. The city will install 40 and replacement another 19 bus shelters. The upgrades will help improve safety, add an amenity, and of course keep riders sheltered while waiting for the bus to arrive. The bus shelters are another step in the right direction for DDOT in revamping the transit experience for our customers, Angelica Jones, interim director of DDOT, said in a release. DDOT and SMART recently introduced a unified payment system, DART, to which the new fareboxes could be integrated.detroit.curbed.com
Detroit Department of Transportation to replace, build more than 50 bus shelters
DETROIT – The Detroit Department of Transportation will be replacing and installing 59 bus shelters, expected to be completed by next summer, according to a release from DDOT. New shelters will be installed at 40 locations, four have already been completed, and 19 existing shelters will be renovated according to customer feedback, which launched the effort. “The bus shelters are another step in the right direction for DDOT in revamping the transit experience for our customer,” said Angelica Jones, interim DDOT director. (Detroit Department of Transportation)Four of the newly renovated bus shelters can be found at:Northbound Livernois at McNicholsWestbound W. Grand Blvd. at Grand RiverNorthbound Conant at Seven MileWestbound Mack at Conner (seen above)Eight more shelters are expected to be installed before the end of the year.
Halloween In The D: Heres A List Of Family-Friendly Activities Across The City Oct. 31
Family-friendly activities will be offered across the city of Detroit on Oct. 31. Most of the Halloween in the D events will take place Oct. 31. Events planned across the city on Halloween Night include:HAUNTED PARKS Open from 5-8 p.m., Oct. 31 Rouge Park at the Brennan pool house becomes a haunted escape room. HARVEST FEST Open from 5-8 p.m., Oct. 31 A Harvest Fest is set for Spirit Plaza on Woodward Avenue with games, music and food. RECREATION CENTERS TO HOST ACTIVITIES Oct. 31 at various timesThe Parks & Recreation Division is planning a variety of activities for children, teens and seniors at ten recreation centers on Oct. 31.detroit.cbslocal.com