DDOT bus service to resume Wednesday morning with free rides

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Posted at 7:06 AM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 06:18:51-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said DDOT bus service will resume Wednesday morning with free rides after the service was stopped Tuesday over drivers' coronavirus concerns.

According to Duggan, the bus service will resume at 3 a.m. and passengers will enter and exit through the rear doors of the bus.

Early Tuesday morning, Duggan said he met with drivers who had several concerns over the coronavirus, including the passengers congregating at the fare box and issues over cleaning.

According to Duggan, they are going to increase their cleaning service and hire more staff after the buses return for the day, as well as keeping the seats behind the drivers open.

Earlier Tuesday morning, officials released a statement saying fewer than 10 percent of the Detroit Department of Transportation bus fleet were on the road today, but the service was stopped altogether.

Another issue, according to Duggan, was that drivers use restaurants and bars to wash their hands and use the restroom, and with the executive order those places were closed. According to Duggan, he worked with Whitmer who is amending the executive order so that people can use the restroom.

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