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Metro Detroit transit systems are suffering from driver shortages. Is raising wages the answer?


ID: A clip of the Detroit News Article, titled "Metro Detroit transit sistems are suffering from driver shortages. Is raising wages the answer?" Written by Sarah Rahal. The Detroit News. Published 4:31 p.m. ET March 2, 2023. Updated 9:17 a.m. ET March 3, 2023


A coalition of organizations have been rallying over recent months calling on transit agencies and elected officials to address a severe shortage of bus drivers at the region's two major transit agencies, DDOT and SMART. The shortage has led them to significantly reduce bus service for thousands of people who rely on it daily.


The coalition, which includes Transportation Riders United, Detroit People’s Platform, Detroit Disability Power, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 26 (DDOT operators) and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1564 (SMART operators), is also calling for improving working conditions for operators.


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