Things to do as soon as possible:
- Take care of uploading scheduling information to Google, Bing, Mapquest and other mapping services. This ensures riders can plot a ride route that likely is to include connecting between buses and estimated times for travel and waiting.
- Maintenance contracts and parts suppliers need to be paid and orders change from delayed to expedited.
- Hire more mechanics or bring those laid off back if still available.
- Check on supervisors to ensure their job of regulating the flow of buses to serve rider needs is being performed.
- Calibrate GPS tracking systems on buses so we don't have invisible buses or ghosts tracked early or late through Text-My-Bus
- Make sure Text-My-Bus is available not only through the dial code 50464, also make it a local phone number for cell phone service providers that haven't linked up the code or don't offer dial codes.
- Ensure public notices of meetings are very visible on all buses at least a week in advance, so riders can schedule attending.
- Stop any planned removal of bus shelters and go back to INSTALLING rather than removing. Funding for shelters is available through State and Federal funding - reference FTA SAFETEA-LU Discretionary Grants (5309)
Eligible capital projects include the purchasing of buses for fleet and service expansion, bus maintenance and administrative facilities, transfer facilities, bus malls, transportation centers, intermodal terminals, park-and-ride stations, acquisition of replacement vehicles, bus rebuilds, bus preventive maintenance, passenger amenities such as passenger shelters and bus stop signs, accessory and miscellaneous equipment such as mobile radio units, supervisory vehicles, fare boxes, computers and shop and garage equipment.
- "New DDOT Director: Dan Dirks", Transit Riders United
- "Building on the Heart and Soul of Detroit", Model D / Real Detroit Weekly, February 27, 2014
- "We've got to get the buses running on time", Detroit Free Press, April 13, 2014
- "Transit officers start riding Detroit buses, targeting violence and disorder", The Detroit News, May 7, 2014