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DDOT announces largest service expansion in 20 years

Over the past two years, Detroit’s Transportation Department has made significant strides to improve its service and reliability. It has put 80 new buses on the road, hired more bus drivers and for the first time in many years is reliably meeting its posted schedule.

With that foundation now in place, Mayor Mike Duggan said Thursday that DDOT is now in a position to implement the largest expansion of bus service in the city at least 20 years. When fully implemented in January, the service expansion is expected to add approximately 1,500 trip per week for DDOT customers. This will significantly reduce the average wait time for customers along several of the city’s major bus routes.

The first wave of expanded service begins Saturday, Sept. 3rd. That’s when DDOT will add the first three of six new 24-hour routes, spanning the city. Three more will be added in January, for a total of nine 24-hour routes citywide. Until early this year, when DDOT added around-the-clock service to Woodward, Gratiot and Grand River, the city was providing no 24-hour service to its customers.

In September, DDOT also will begin a new Saturday-only nonstop round-trip service to Detroit’s Eastern Market from every City Council District. This new service, called the Fresh Wagon, came as a direct result of customer feedback during a series of public meetings hosted by DDOT. A full schedule of locations and times are available on the city’s website.

For a full list of all expanded routes and service changes, visit News from the City Government.

Detroit Public Schools corrects health and safety violations in its buildings, 91% of Detroit Public School buildings are now up to city code

When school began last year, not a single Detroit Public School building was in compliance with Detroit health and safety codes. Monday- just one week before the start of the new school year – 91% of all the district’s school buildings are in full compliance.

Over the past eight months, the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) has worked closely with City health and safety inspectors to bring its schools up to code. DPSCD has spent $2.5 million on repairs so far. Today, all but eight of its 94 school buildings are in full compliance with city health and safety codes. The remaining 8 will be brought up to code this fall following extensive roof and other repairs.

All building and health inspection reports and certificates of compliance (when applicable) for each DPSCD school are posted on the City of Detroit website at www.detroitmi.gov

Since January, The City of Detroit’s Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department (BSEED) and the Health Department conducted more than 400 inspections at DPSCD buildings.

To learn more about the progress made to bring Detroit schools up to code, click here.

What’s coming up?

Detroit’s University District 2016 Historic Home Tour

When: Sunday, September 11 (Rain or Shine), 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

What: Tour six historic homes built in the 1920s featuring original hardwood floors, stained glass windows, Pewabic tile, twin staircases, crystal chandeliers, imposing fireplaces, and more. Gardens may also be on view. Walk, drive or take our free transportation. Registration and tour start at Gesu Church, 17139 Oak Dr., Detroit 48221 (one mile from Palmer Park).

$18 in advance
$20 on day of tour

For information, go online to www.udca.info or call (248) 763-8432.

Police Commissioners' Community Forum on Non-Lethal Weapons

Join the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners at a special community forum on non-lethal weapons. The event will host a special panel discussion featuring experts in the police, non-profit and public sectors.

Where: Detroit Boy Scouts Headquarters, 1176 Warren Avenue
When: Thursday, September 8, 6:30pm

Department and Street Closings During Labor Day Weekend

Most City of Detroit offices will close Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of Labor Day. However, there are a few exceptions:

  • Normal Police and Fire services will be provided.
  • The Department of Public Works (DPW) will collect refuse, recycling, bulk items and yard waste for Monday, Sept. 5, one day later. Monday’s collection will be picked up on Tuesday, and Tuesday’s collection will take place on Wednesday and so forth.
  • The Department of Transportation (D-DOT) will operate bus service on a Sunday schedule on Monday, Sept. 5.

In addition, a number of streets will be closed during the Labor Day weekend for the Detroit Jazz Festival and the annual Labor Day parade.

  • Monroe from Brush to St. Antoine will be closed completely now through Sept. 6.
  • Woodward from State to Jefferson will be closed completely from now through Sept. 6.
  • Congress from Griswold to Bates will be closed completely from now through Sept. 6.
  • Larned from Griswold to Randolph will be closed completely from now through Sept. 6.
  • Cadillac Square from Woodward to Bates will be closed completely from now through Sept. 6.
  • Michigan from Griswold to Woodward will be closed completely from now through Sept. 6.
  • Fort from Griswold to Woodward will be closed completely from now through Sept. 6.
  • Michigan Ave. from Trumbull to Washington will be closed completely Sept. 5.
  • Washington from Michigan to W. Jefferson will be closed completely Sept. 5.
  • W. Jefferson from Washington to Hart Plaza will be closed completely Sept. 5.

Parking Facilities and Lots

The Municipal Parking Department will offer parking at the following City-owned garages during the Labor Day weekend.

Ford Underground Garage 7 a.m. – 1 a.m. (Sept. 3 & 4) $ 10
30 E. Jefferson 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. (Sept. 5)

Millennium Garage 24 hours $ 10
432 W. Congress

Premier Garage 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. (Sept. 3 & 4) $ 10
1206-08 Woodward Ave. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Sept. 5)

Grand Circus Park Garage 24 hours $ 10
1601 Woodward Avenue

In addition, motorists will be able to purchase up to four hours of meter time on parking kiosks during the holiday weekend.

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