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Published on Apr 3, 2009
Although bus service in Detroit has improved tremendously in recent years, things have not always been rosy for D-DOT (the city of Detroit's transportation department). Over the years —— beginning around the mid-1970s and well into the mid-to-late'80s —— the city's transit system would encounter numerous obstacles and would struggle to maintain adequate service.
In this video clip from the Summer of 1979, WJBK-TV2 Eyewitness News reports on a new city of Detroit campaign to vigorously bring its ailing DDOT bus system back into line. Former Detroit Mayor Coleman A. Young held a news conference to announce his new nine-point plan to bring the Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) up to schedule. The mayor's campaign included the training and hiring of new mechanics, the hiring of 150 new drivers, rebuilding 80 buses, and the arrival of 122 new (RTS-II) coaches due by the end of the year. A number of former DDOT drivers are also interviewed in this clip.
This is the third in a series of upcoming videos from back in the day. Other videos will look at the continuing struggles the city's transit department faced, and their attempts to overcome those issues.