DDOT to unveil revamped routes, service improvements
Detroit Department of Transportation officials plan to announce Tuesday improvements and changes to more than 15 city bus routes.
They’re also expected to introduce 24-hour service on Woodward, Gratiot and Grand River. Officials will announce the changes at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Rosa Parks Transit Center.
The changes go into effect Saturday .
“These service changes come directly from our customers and employees,” DDOT director Dan Dirks said Monday in a statement. “We received countless requests for better night service, frequent peak-hour service and more reliable schedules.”
Dirks said revised bus routes in northeast Detroit and neighboring Harper Woods also are part of the changes. For example, DDOT’s Eight Mile buses will now run to and from Eastland Center instead of buses from Mack and Gratiot, he said.
“Ridership patterns have shifted in this area, and we’re making an effort to deploy our resources wisely,” Dirks said.
He also said the strategy marks a new direction for DDOT — developing service improvements around customer needs and growing demand instead of sticking to traditional routes.
DDOT service improvements
Some of the changes DDOT plans to announce Tuesday include:
■#16 Dexter — Added trips weekday mornings.
■#17 Eight Mile — The route will start and end at Mack and Moross with service to Eastland every day.
■#32 McNichols — The route will start and end at the Meijer store on the old Redford High School grounds at Grand River and McNichols on Saturdays and Sundays.
■#21 Grand River, #34 Gratiot and #53 Woodward — Each will run 24-hours every day.