Detroit bus drivers rally at Campus Martius to improve working conditions

DETROIT (WXYZ) - D-DOT Drivers fed-up with what many feel are unsafe working conditions are planning to rally Tuesday morning from 10 o'clock until noon; marching from Campus Martius to the Coleman A Young Municipal Building.

Fred Westbrook, President of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 26 says eight drivers have been hospitalized in the past nine months after becoming involved in altercations with passengers and says something needs to be done.

One such encounter was posted to YouTube, showing a female driver in a violent clash with a female passenger. 

Another clip posted to YouTube shows a man smoking what was said to be crack while on board a D-DOT bus.

The drivers are calling for increased security as well as the return of 24-hour service.

In November of 2011 dozens of drivers staged a rally after a driver was attacked at the Rosa Parks Transit Center. That lead to increased patrols around the transit center among other changes.

 

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