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Detroit's Department of Transportation will begin Saturday the final expansion phase of service it started last fall, officials said.

“This latest service expansion is another step forward for DDOT and its efforts to make sure our residents in every neighborhood have access to reliable transportation and opportunity,” Mayor Mike Duggan said in a statement Thursday.  “We still have work to do and will continue to expand service every chance we get.”

Since September of last year, DDOT has implemented six new 24-hour routes, six brand-new routes to connect neighborhoods to major job centers and other improvements that have added 1,300 weekly trips for riders. On Saturday, the city bus system will launch its third and last phase of its service expansion by adding 200 weekly trips.

One major new improvement is the #42 Mid-City Loop route, which will allow continuous service to Highland Park, the North End, the Detroit Medical Center, Wayne State University, the New Center area, Henry Ford Hospital and Virginia Park, officials said.

Another change: DDOT has extended the #49 Vernor route between the city and its stop at Michigan Avenue and Schaefer Road in Dearborn.

“Some of these changes may seem small, but they directly impact a lot of people," Dan Dirks, DDOT's director, said in a statement. "Many of the changes we make are a result of direct input from our passengers. We have very passionate and vocal customers and they are helping to make our service better for the 600,000 passengers we carry each week.”

For information, visit DDOT's web site or call (313) 933-1300.

cramirez@detroitnews.com

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