Macomb County is expanding COVID vaccination transportation service for seniors
(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)The Macomb County Health Department is expanding a program to help seniors who rely on bus services get to COVID-19 vaccination appointments. Interested seniors should call the SMART Macomb Vaccine Hotline at 586-421-6579 to register for the county wait list. Seniors or someone they know can avoid the call altogether by emailing the SMART Macomb Vaccine Hotline 24/7 at firstname.lastname@example.org, and including their name, address, phone number and date of birth. SMART will maintain a wait list, and the county will contact individuals from the list as appointments at Richmond/Lenox EMS or other community sites become available. Richmond/Lenox is being overwhelmed by calls and is not able to make appointments or add names to the wait list.
Ann Arbor’s TheRide is hiring full time service crew members
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Interested in working with public transportation? The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide) is looking to add three new, full-time members to its service crew. New service crew members will work afternoon shifts with hours between 4 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and on weekends, according to the job posting. During their training, members will be paid $17.74 per hour. After training, members will receive hourly pay of $21.29, which will increase to $24.60 after one year of employment.
TheRide will restore service in Ypsilanti, improve several routes starting Jan. 17
ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide) announced it is updating its Temporary Service Plan to include restoring service in Ypsilanti and to improve on-time performance on a number of routes starting on Jan. 17. Route 22Adjust routing headed to the Blake Transit Center from the Glen Ave/Fuller Rd area to Beakes Ave and Fifth Ave to serve Kerrytown. Route 23Adjust routing in downtown Ann Arbor from William St to Washington St and Thayer St to reach the U-M Central Campus Center. Service to U-M Central Campus will be provided via Route 23. Route 26Move boarding location at the Blake Transit Center from Fourth Ave. to the transit mall.
Ann Arbor’s TheRide announces holiday schedule changes
ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority announced it will not operate its services on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, 2021 in observance of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Fixed-route bus service will end early on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) and New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31). The shared-ride FlexRide Holiday Service is $5 per person on holidays and operates within designated areas of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Reservations can be made Monday through Friday and stop at 5:15 a.m. or 5 a.m. for trips outside of Ann Arbor. On Saturday and Sunday, reservations can be made until 6:15 a.m. or 6 a.m. for trips outside of Ann Arbor.
Ann Arbor’s TheRide to start restoring service in November
ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority has announced that it will begin restoring service next month after implementing its Temporary Service Plan in August. According to TheRide, the service updates that begin Sunday, Nov, 22 include:Route 22: The boarding location at the Blake Transit Center will be relocated. Route 25: The route that starts at the Blake Transit Center will be adjusted to serve Target on Waters Rd. FlexRide-East: Weekend service is being added to the FlexRide-East service area in Ypsilanti Township. “We continue to take a very cautious approach to adding back service,” Bryan D. Smith, Deputy CEO of Operations at TheRide said in a statement.
Northville Public Schools buses can’t run Monday as drivers quarantine due to COVID exposure
NORTHVILLE, Mich. – The Northville Public Schools district did not have enough bus drivers available Monday morning due to COVID-19 exposure that has drivers quarantining. At that time, and in consultation with Durham Transportation, a plan was developed to ensure continuity of operations during this time. The only transportation services available on Monday, October 26, 2020 will be for those students scheduled for door-to-door Special Education transportation. Northville Public Schools will continue to work closely with Durham Transportation to resume K12 transportation as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience and understanding in light of this unexpected development resulting from Durham staff quarantines, and additional absences."
DDOT drivers stage work stoppage on Friday over work conditions during COVID-19 pandemic
Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) drivers staged a work stoppage and said they don’t feel safe on the job due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. READ: DDOT bus service stops due to driver labor disputeDetroit has 228 DDOT buses. The city brought in Police Chief James Craig and the Chief Operating Officer Hakim Berry to negotiate new safety rules that drivers want to see. They also brought out a new safety door to be installed on all DDOT buses. READ: ‘We’re putting it on the line’: DDOT bus drivers want more protection amid COVID-19 pandemic
DDOT bus service stops due to driver labor dispute
DETROIT – The city of Detroit announced Friday morning that there is no bus service due to a driver labor dispute. Here is the statement from the city’s Department of Transportation (DDOT):“The Detroit Department of Transportation is currently undergoing a driver work stoppage due to a labor dispute. At the time being there is no bus service. My men and women are putting it on the line every day,” President of DDOT Union Local 26 Glenn Tolbert said in July. At one point in March, DDOT bus fares were suspended in order to reduce close contact between drivers and passengers
Questions surround funding as Michigan school districts go to remote-learning
DETROIT The path to get Michigan children back to school either in-person or remotely continues to become more complicated. Ann Arbor Public Schools have become the latest to announce it plans to do remote learning. RELATED: Heres what Michigan school districts have planned for the fall amid the pandemicGov. Gretchen Whitmers Return to Learn Task Force focused on face-to-face learning, but how will the schools pay for it? More: Inside Detroit summer school classrooms during pandemicMore: Share your thoughts, concerns about return to in-person learning
Judge orders new safety rules for DPSCD summer school
DETROIT As new cases of COVID-19 remain high, Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) are going to follow strict new guidelines from a federal judge to keep in-person summer school going. Related: Detroits in-person summer school classes can continue with virus testingProtesters are allowed to continue, but they must stop impeding the buses that pick up students. Parents and teachers with the activist group By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) were back protesting the start of summer school Thursday. One of the teacher protest organizers said that despite all the safety procedures, they will continue to protest in-person learning until there is a cure for COVID-19. More: Inside Detroit summer school classrooms during pandemicMore: Share your thoughts, concerns about return to in-person learning
Judge: Detroits in-person summer classes can continue with virus testing
DETROIT A judge has ruled the in-person summer classes can continue in the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD). Summer school in the DPSCD began last week. A lawsuit was filed by parents, teachers, students and By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) against the district. It was seeking to sop summer school and first went before the judge on Friday. Meanwhile, protests over in-person summer school in Detroit have continued for a second week.
Protests over Detroit in-person summer school continue for 2nd week
DETROIT Protests over in-person summer school in Detroit have continued for a second week. Nearly a dozen protesters were arrested last week for blocking school buses from picking up children for summer school classes. In-person summer school is being offered at 25 Detroit Public Schools Community District facilities. After the arrests, school buses were able to leave the bus garage to go pick up kids for summer school. Read more: Fight over in-person summer school in Detroit heads to court
Detroit police arrest protesters blocking buses from picking up kids for summer school
DETROIT Police have arrested protesters who were blocking buses from picking up children for summer school classes on Thursday in Detroit. This time protesters were blocking buses at a yard in the 12600 block of Westwood Street near Evergreen Road and I-96 on the citys west side. After the arrests, school buses were able to leave the bus garage to go pick up kids for summer school. In-person summer school is being offered at 25 facilities. More: First day of in-person summer school in Detroit interrupted by protesters concerned about virus
Police arrest 11 in protest blocking school buses in Detroit
DETROIT Nearly a dozen protesters were arrested for blocking school buses from picking up children for summer school classes on Thursday in Detroit. Protesters were blocking buses at a yard in the 12600 block of Westwood Street near Evergreen Road and I-96 on the citys west side. All this following an attempt to block driver from busing children to school in the midst of the pandemic. In-person summer school is being offered at 25 facilities. After the arrests, school buses were able to leave the bus garage to go pick up kids for summer school.
Protesters block Detroit schools bus garage for 2nd day of in-person summer classes
Published: July 14, 2020, 6:50 am Updated: July 14, 2020, 7:04 amDETROIT – Protesters are blocking a Detroit Public Schools Community District bus garage for a second day in a row. Dozens of people are protesting in-person summer school being offered in the district. They feel it is unsafe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The protesters are at Greenfield Road near Joy Road on Detroit’s west side. On Monday, 20 percent of students missed their bus due to the protests.
Protesters block DPSCD bus yard on first morning of in-person summer school
Dozens of protesters are blocking a Detroit Public Schools Community District bus yard on the first morning of in-person summer schoolThe protesters are holding up signs expressing their concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic at the yard on Greenfield near Joy Road on Detroits west side. DPS Superintendent Nikoli Vitti told CNN that the school system has seen a desperate need for in-person learning. The online learning wasnt ideal and our children have fallen farther behind, Vitti told CNN. The district says in-person learning will require daily self-assessments for COVID-19 symptoms and temperature checks for both staff and students. Some teachers have legitimate health issues and should have the option to teach online for their well being, Vitti told CNN.
LIVE STREAM: Detroit Mayor Duggan, DDOT union address coronavirus concerns after service shut down
DETROIT – Service was shut down on Tuesday after Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) bus drivers refused to drive routes due to coronavirus concerns. UPDATE: Mayor Duggan: DDOT bus rides will be free, service to resume WednesdayWatch it live below:“(The CDC) already said not more than 10 people in a setting. No hand sanitizer, no gloves from the department,” said Schetrone Collier, a DDOT bus driver. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced DDOT bus service will be shut down Tuesday morning. Duggan said the drivers expressed concerns including the health of passengers, the cleanliness of buses and how they have lost access to public restrooms.