City of Detroit bus drivers expected back on the road Tuesday after 170 call in sick

DETROIT (WXYZ) - After a protest Monday, the head of the Amalgamated Transit Union (Local 26), Fred Westbrook Jr., expects bus drivers for the city of Detroit to be back on the job Tuesday morning.

City officials were forced to shut down bus service Monday after 170 drivers for the Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) called in sick.

Westbrook and about a hundred drivers marched in front of city hall Monday, calling for city officials to assign police officers to buses and routes for security after a long list of reported attacks.

We're told drivers have been shot at, punched and kicked by riders, many of whom were upset over long delays and issues of overcrowding.

Recently, two drivers were stabbed and one had a cup of urine poured on her by a disgruntled rider.

Paul Toliver, the newest Director of DDOT, told Action News Friday that he's working on bus repair issues to increase the number of buses that they're able to put on the road everyday.

In early November, a number of buses are expected to have surveillance cameras installed. The goal is to have eight cameras on 240 buses in hopes of deterring crime.




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