The Detroit Bus System, early 2014


February 2014:

In the evening on February 12, I was riding the Dexter bus going the other way.  I saw the bus where this incident happened  It was surrounded by police cars, on the other side of Dexter.  I think that the bus was empty, at that point.  It was a crazy incident, detailed in the news website links below.

14-year-old DeJon McGhee was seriously wounded.  Hopefully he pulled through OK.

The next morning I had to wait nearly 2 hours for the Dexter bus, from 9:30 to 11:30 AM.  I just missed one at 9:25 or 9:30,& walked from near Grand Blvd. to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Cass.  Maybe I’ll have to break down and get a driver’s license and a car, should Detroit become IMPOSSIBLE to navigate via bus.

Let’s hope that it doesn’t come to that.

May 2014:

In the past 3 months, there have been some signs of improvement.   I’ve had 3 or 4 real “bus nightmares” since that 3 hour trip to work in February.  I haven’t seen any real violence.  There were a few disturbing signs.  People are under pressure and sometimes this makes them talk out of turn or misbehave.

Once, at about 9AM, a man tried to board the bus.  He was slobbering drunk.  The driver refused to let him on as he’d been banned.   This was because she claimed to give him every chance yet every time he caused trouble.  He’d attack her, not in a violent way but still abusive.  She’d had enough!  It was a very crowded bus too.  Luckily, I had a seat.

One passenger kept telling the guy “You’re on camera!  You’re on camera!”  Several male passengers offered to fight him!  If this guy had a weapon, then who knows what could have happened.  Fortunately, he backed down and got off of the bus.

Aside from long wait times and long ride times, I don’t mind riding the bus.  I get a lot of reading and drawing done.  Most fellow passengers are fine.

I overheard a conversation between a Vietnam veteran and a veteran of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.  That was really interesting.

Anyway, I’ll continue this series of postings eventually.  I’m hopeful, but it’s still very, very bad.


4 Responses to “The Detroit Bus System, early 2014”

  1. artremedy20 Says:

    Then, this week, Tuesday it took me 90 minutes to get home. Then Wednesday it took me 45 minutes to get home. That’s nearly a record! 45 minutes including the walk home from the bus stop….

  2. Mike Selender Says:

    Actually the bus may be safer:

  3. artremedy20 Says:

    Yes, the carjacking thing is pretty scary. Sometimes a bus ride is a tense sort of “pressure cooker” affair. This is rare though. I think that they’re trying to prevent things from getting out of control.

  4. Why I Don’t Drive a Car | Adventures and Resources Says:

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