Dozens of Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) bus drivers called in sick today, causing roughly 30-minute delays for riders. Flyers were circulating at the Rosa Parks Transit Center downtown today saying route cuts were coming.
Almost 100 drivers as of 12 noon have called in sick. They are expected to participate in a rally being held in Lansing today to protest Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed budget cuts. The event is expected to attract thousands of people from across the state.
There are typically 187 drivers scheduled for a normal day shift, mayoral spokeswoman Karen Dumas said this morning. Officials are monitoring how many people are calling in sick every hour.
Department officials had caught wind of the planned sickout and even saw a flyer announcing it, Williams said. So managers were called in to be available to drive routes, and off-duty drivers were contacted about working, she said. Williams admitted the department is going to make an announcement about cuts by the end of the week but wouldn’t confirm them today.