09/19/2012 09:43 am ET

Detroit Bus Cuts: Transportation Justice Group Petitions Council, Mayor To Restore Service

A local transportation justice group petitioned Detroit's city council Tuesday night to help restore bus service cut by the Detroit Department of Transportation earlier this year.

In March DDOT shortened hours on over 30 routes, discontinued service on several, and eliminated night service from 1 to 4 a.m. Further service cuts are set to take place on Sept. 29, when DDOT's new round of schedule changes take effect.

The North End Woodward Community Coalition presented nearly 1,300 signatures, as well as video testimony, to Council at a community event being held at Wayne Community College.


"These are grassroots petitions, not ballot petitions. [We're] asking for support and help to get our buses reinstated," said Rev. Joan Ross, director of the community coalition.

She said the group also plans to submit the petitions to Mayor Bing.

Earlier this year, the organization filed a civil rights complaint against the Detroit Department of Transportation following the service cuts.

The petitions were presented at Detroit City Council's Community Workshop.