The State of Transit in Detroit
– Our work was focused primarily on DDOT (Detroit Dept. of Transportation).
– 2012 service cuts and the re-envisioning of the M1-project from a commuter rail line, scaled down to a 3.3-mile streetcar that only serves the downtown and midtown areas, while leaving out neighborhoods like the North End without adequate transit options.
– We recognize that Detroiters face transit injustice, especially with the 2012 service cuts that eliminated 24-hour service, cut late night bus service, routes, layoff of drivers, and transfer of 40 DDOT coaches to SMART, causing delays from 1-3hours on routes that were previously reliable.
– Two transit systems now exist in Detroit: If you live south of the ‘Boulevard, the options for transit are plenty: SMART and eventually the M1-streetcar, and the soon to be proposed Bus Rapid Transit line for Woodward, in addition to private shuttle services provided by downtown employers.
– However, the rest of Detroiters, especially north of the ‘Boulevard face an inadequate bus system, waiting hours just to traverse within the city. While new systems are being developed to shuttle people in and out the city at a faster place than a working individual trying to maintain a job in the city, having to spend more of their time waiting, in other words — no one should have to give themselves 3 hours just to make it to their job on time.