Transit Justice Team

NEW! Mapping the road to Transit Justice in Detroit

Action Report, Activist Toolkit & Vision for Change

We are pleased to report on the Transit Justice team’s major actions since we got started in 2015. This is the story of our origins, our biggest wins so far, and ongoing campaigns. Download and share today!

Welcome to the Transit Justice Team!

We organize on behalf of essential bus riders, individuals and families that use Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) bus service as their primary and sole means of transportation. Transit Justice is the result of achieving equity in public transportation for essential riders. Transit Justice considers the collective challenges of the poor, working-class, majority Black neighborhoods, youth, parents, individuals with disabilities, and senior citizens.

Four Guiding Facts: 

  • DDOT has a majority Black ridership of 87%
  • Within the City of Detroit, 26% of households do not have access to a car
  • DDOT bus systems have the largest ridership in the state of Michigan
  • Yet the City has focused on the development of transportation systems meant to appeal to wealthy professionals and make Detroit look more modern.

These are the Transit Justice Team's top 5 wins!

  1. Restoration of DDOT bus service during the March shutdown
  2. Successfully achieved fare-free service during the pandemic
  3. Passed the Detroiter’s Bill of Rights – the right to public transit, access and mobility; DDOT Passenger Bill of Rights, inclusion of low income fare policy in the proposed City Charter
  4. Successfully won a safety/sanitation plan to ensure buses remain safe from COVID-19 and other contagious infections
  5. Title VI Public Hearing for a rushed privatized State Fairgrounds Transit Center

You can Take Action NOW!
Contact your elected officials and talk to them about these ongoing concerns

  • Keep DDOT Fare Free – we can’t afford to pay during a pandemic and economic crisis
  • National Campaign: Federal bailout/stimulus package for transit departments to ensure frequent service, and national fare-free service until herd-immunity is reached/covid-numbers are below pandemic levels
  • No new Q-lines, invest in neighborhood service first!
  • Ensure we have equitable access to the State Fairgrounds Transit Center
  • Restore DDOT to pre-COVID service, neighborhoods need crucial access to our city

Social Media

  • Facebook: Transit Talks (group)
  • Instagram: @transittalks