DDOT announces bus service enhancements

Published On: Jan 17 2014 03:01:06 PM EST

DETROIT -

The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced bus service enhancements and scheduled public meetings on Jan. 21 &23 for customers to get additional information on the changes. Locations, dates and times for these meetings are displayed as follows:

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014 (two sessions)

Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers in Detroit

Morning Session: 10 a.m. – Noon

Evening Session: 6 – 8 p.m.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2014 (two sessions)

Detroit Department of Transportation, 1301 E. Warren Avenue in Detroit

Morning Session: 10 a.m. – Noon

Evening Session: 6 – 8 p.m.

The Department is offering the following enhanced transportation services:

JOB ACCESS REVERSE COMMUTE (JARC)

The JARC program will address the unique transportation challenges of welfare recipients and low-income persons seeking to obtain and maintain employment. The transportation services are designed to transport qualified individuals to and from jobs and activities related to their employment, including transportation projects that facilitate the provision of public transportation services from the city of Detroit to suburban employment locations.

Many new entry-level jobs are located in suburban areas, and low-income Detroit residents experience difficulty in accessing these jobs. In addition, many entry level-jobs require working late at night or on weekends when conventional transit services are either reduced or non-existent. Finally, many employment related-trips are complex and involve multiple destinations including reaching childcare facilities.

State and public bodies are eligible designated recipients. Eligible sub-recipients are private non-profit organizations, State or local governments, and operators of public transportation services, including private operators of public transportation services.

NEW FREEDOM

The New Freedom Program provides public transportation services and public transportation alternatives beyond those required by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et. Seq.) that assists individuals with disabilities with transportation, including transportation to and from jobs and employment support services.

The program was repealed under MAP-21. The New Freedom Program activities are now eligible under the Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program.

This program will continue the goals of these programs by funding alternative forms of transportation where traditional services are unavailable, inappropriate, or insufficient.

FEBRUARY 8, 2014 SERVICE ENHANCEMENTS BY ROUTE

WEEKDAY BUS SERVICE

Route 11 – Clairmount

Full Crosstown east-west service will be restored.

Route 14 – Crosstown

Westbound: Bus service will increase nightly.

Eastbound:  Bus service will increase nightly.

Route 16 – Dexter

Northbound: Bus service will increase.

Route 17 – Eight Mile

Eastbound: Bus service increases nightly.

Route 21 – Grand River

Westbound: Bus service will increase nightly.

Route 25 – Jefferson/Fort

Westbound:  Bus service will be extended to Fort Street and Outer Drive.

Eastbound:  Bus service will increase nightly.

Route 34 – Gratiot

Westbound: Bus service will increase nightly.

Eastbound:  Bus service will increase nightly.

Route 36 - Oakland

Altered: Oakland bus service will operate between Route #43-Schoolcraft and Route #49 Vernor.

Route 37 – Michigan

Westbound:  Additional bus service nightly.

Eastbound:  Additional bus service nightly.

Route 38 – Plymouth

Westbound: Bus service is extended to Mastronardi between the hours of 4 - 5 a.m. and 4 - 5 p.m.

Eastbound: Bus service is extended to Mastronardi between the hours of 4 - 5 a.m. and 4 - 5 p.m.

Route 43 – Schoolcraft

Extension: Bus service will be extended during peak hours to Eight Mile Road and Ryan Road)

Route 48 – Van Dyke

Northbound:  Bus service increased nightly.

Southbound:  Additional bus service will be added nightly from Bel Air Shopping Center.

Route 49 – Vernor

Extension: Bus service will be extended during peak hours to Manchester and Woodward.

Route 53 – Woodward

Northbound:  Bus service will be added nightly from Rosa Parks Transit Center.

Southbound:  Additional bus service will be added nightly from State Fair Transit Center.

SATURDAY BUS SERVICE

Route 34 – Gratiot

Westbound:  Bus service will be added nightly.

Eastbound:  Additional bus service added nightly.

Route 37 – Michigan

Westbound:  Bus service will be added at 11 p.m. to Fairlane Center and 12:00 a.m. to Michigan and Wyoming from Rosa Parks Transit Center

Eastbound:  Additional bus service added nightly.

Route 38 – Plymouth

Westbound: Bus service is extended to Mastronardi between the hours of 4 - 5 a.m. and 4 - 5 p.m.Eastbound: Bus service is extended to Mastronardi between the hours of 4 - 5 a.m. and 4 - 5 p.m.

Route 48 – Van Dyke

Northbound:  Bus service will be added nightly.

Southbound:  Additional bus service will be added nightly from Bel Air Shopping Center.

Route 53 – Woodward

Northbound:  Bus service will be added nightly.

Southbound:  Additional bus service will be added nightly from State Fair Transit Center.

SUNDAY BUS SERVICE

Route 37 – Michigan

Westbound:  Starting at 6 p.m., bus service will occur every hour. The last run will be at 11 p.m. to Fairlane Center from Rosa Parks Transit Center

Eastbound:  Beginning at 6 p.m., bus service will occur every hour. The last run will be at 12 a.m. from Fairlane Center to Rosa Parks Transit Center.

Route 38 – Plymouth

Westbound:  Bus service is extended to Mastronardi between the hours of 4 - 5 a.m. and 4 - 5 p.m. Eastbound: Bus service is extended to Mastronardi between the hours of 4 - 5 a.m. and 4 - 5 p.m.

Route 53 – Woodward

Southbound:  Bus service is added nightly from the State Fair Transit Center.

Copies of the detailed service enhancements booklet may be obtained from the following locations on or after Tuesday, January 21, 2014:

·DDOT Main Office, Service Development/Scheduling Division, 1301 E. Warren, Detroit

·Detroit Public Libraries, Detroit

·Online: www.RideDetroitTransit.com

Requests for interpretive services, special accommodations for the hearing impaired and/or others with special needs must be made 48 hours in advance of the public hearing date. Please call (313) 834-2406 to make your request(s) known and appropriately handled.

Call the DDOT Customer Service Office at (313) 933-1300 or visit the DDOT Web site at www.RideDetroitTransit.com for more information. Comments may also be emailed toddotcomments@detroitmi.gov

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