Wednesday, May 23, 2007

D-DOT Buses Come to a Halt

The Crosstown bus normally serves the Warrendale neighborhood, as do the Tireman, Joy Road and Southfield routes. Early this morning, all of those routes, came to a halt as D-DOT bus drivers have refused to drive until some type of arrangement is made for security on city buses.

Buses are reasonably safe overall but 130,000 people riding city buses every day, incidents are inevitable. For more than a year and a half, D-DOT has operated without any dedicated security force. The labor union representing bus drivers has protested this lack of security repeatedly, but nothing has happened as the City Council dithers over whether Detroit Police or the Wayne County Sheriff should be responsible for security.

All of that came to a head this morning when the drivers refused to drive any longer.

Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick announced a tentative deal at noon today, one that would bring in sheriff's deputies on a temporary basis while the City Council continues to debate the issue. However, that deal has already fallen through because Sherrif Warren C. Evans doesn't want his deputies to take on the job unless the majority of council members approve of it.

While all of this is happening, thousands of people in Detroit are without a reliable way of getting around, demand for taxis has skyrocketed and SMART has annouced that they won't be able to pick up the slack. The fact that this matter has gone on for more than eighteen months without a resolution, and that it took a work stoppage to even get people talking about it seriously, is something that both the Mayor and City Council ought to be ashamed of.

1 comment:

DAVID L. MALHALAB said...

Of course any idiot knows that with a union agreement, which the sheriffs have, you can't just assign Sheriffs like that without a fight or a lawsuit.

Kwame Kenyatta said he would rather have the Sheriffs because his opinion is Detroit officers don't live in the city anyway. He received guarantees that the sheriffs would be city residents we're told. Of course any idiot knows that with a union agreement, which the sheriffs have, you can't just assign Sheriffs like that without a fight or a lawsuit.
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wayne co sheriffs live in the suburbs....david malhalab

DETROIT CITY GOVERNMENT HAS AGAIN FAILED ITS RESIDENTS
AND SENDS A MESSAGE TO SUBURBANITES.. THEY THINK DETROIT
POLICE OFFICERS CANT PROTECT ITS RESIDENTS
POLICE CHIEF BULLY-cummings IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PUBLIC SAFETY AND SHE FAILED AND STUBBORNLY REFUSED TO DO HER JOB...
SHE COULDNT FIND POLICE OFFICERS TO PROTECT BUS RIDERS AND BUS DRIVERS, BUT COULD FIND POLICE OFFICERS / FREE SECURITY GUARDS FOR MIKE ILITCH - THE TIGERS AND RED WINGS BUT NONE
FOR DETROITERS...
SHE WAS NOT HELD ACCOUNTABLE BECUASE OF A CONSPIRACY BTWN CUMMINGS, THE MAYOR, THE COUNCIL AND WARREN EVANS, WHO FAILED TO HOLD HER ACCOUNTABLE....
IT IS WRONG....DETROIT HAS NOW LOST $11.4 MILLION DOLLARS FOR PUBLIC SAFETY - AND THE RESULTING LOSS OF 40 POLICE OFFICERS...
WHY ????? WHY?????
DAVID MALHALAB
SGT DPD RETIRED
MEDIA / POLICE CONSULTANT... :?: