Detroit Bus Cuts: Community Coalition Files Civil Rights Complaint with Justice Department

David Sands, Huffington Post, May 9, 2012

A transit advocacy group announced Wednesday it will file a Title VI Civil Rights complaint against the Detroit Department of Transportation, alleging recent bus cuts came without proper notice or public hearings.

Severely short on funds, DDOT recently eliminated nighttime bus service from 1 a.m. to 4 a.m. and cut service hours on 34 weekday routes and 29 weekend routes in favor of boosting service on four key routes.

The North End Woodward Community Coalition says DDOT violated federal regulations for public input at public hearings over the two rounds of service cuts.

The group alleges DDOT “failed its federal mandate to get meaningful public input before making cuts to service” and “to provide an alternative to mitigate the impact of the cuts on minority and low income populations, many of who rely solely on the bus for to get to work and school.”

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color and national origin by recipients of federal funds. {snip}


The coalition wants DDOT to restore service and claims that the cuts leave Detroiters without an “equitable” stake in the city.



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  • They say the transit cuts disproportionately affected poor and minority areas of Detroit.

    Isn’t that redundant?

    • I thought of the same thing, QD – in a city that’s 89% Bantu, WHO exactly ARE the minorities?

  • Francis Galton

    Why is urban bus service even operated by the government?  Oh yeah, it’s because it would NEVER be viable as a free market, privatized option in ANY black-dominated city.  There is no more “right” to bus service than there is to car ownership, subway service, taxi services (sorry, Harlem!), or any other transportation option.  If blacks want their precious 1 am to 4 am bus service (crime get-away vehicle, anyone?), they will have to pay A LOT more than $1.50 per trip–I read somewhere (can’t remember where) that a free market rate for city bus service could be as high as $15 a trip!  Good luck with that one!

    • Exactly what I was thinking…crime get-away.  I would like to see just how many passengers this hurts and the total economic impact.  Lost wages of passengers, lost production…stuff like that.  I’m sure it’s next to nothing.  

  • Oil Can Harry

    Could the black community in Detroit explain how their Transit system can survive when almost none of them pay their fare? Or when the buses have to be repaired daily after being vandalized by “youfs”?

    Oh wait, now I remember! The transit system should be funded by suburban whites- the same ones driven out of Detroit by these goons.

    • Just be glad they dont have a light rail system to export crime.

      • crazy_j

         But they’re pushing for it – and pushing hard. Despite the fantastic cost, the lack of interest, and no viable business plan, I predict that Detroit will get that light rail system, and it will be bringing high doses of African-American culture to all the outlying suburbs within the next five years.

        •  You can’t imagine how it galls me to pay county taxes, knowing that the money is dumped into that black hole.

          • crazy_j

            I’m in Macomb (Warren) for now, but buying a house in Livonia very soon. Then I’ll get to see the economic impact that supporting ethnic and cultural diversity has on a white man’s wallet.

      •  They’ve been saying “gibs me dat” for thirty years. Whitey has yet to pony up, thank God.

    •  We prefer “boons”.

  •  My eyes are burning just thinking about it.

    • Might be good entertainment…you know of the train wreck variety.  Like world star hip hip.  

      • Like Diane Sawyer mused in that 1990 video of Detroit, posted on Amren, a couple of weeks ago…”black- controlled city government, courts, schools, police..where is the black economic prosperity?”

  • WhitesRdumb

    Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the
    basis of race, color and national origin by recipients of federal
    funds. {snip}
    Except whites since they have no rights.

  • Southern__Hoosier

     It sounds a new legal concept is being created. Racial discrimination and hate crimes against ones own race. I can’t wait to see how that will play our in court.

    • Sheila Dinehart

      Oh no, the concept is nothing new. 

      It is really sad how so very many blacks in America have been convienced that no matter if their city is majority black and its local government reflects that (black mayor, police chief,police, school leaders and staff, the DA’s office, black judges, journalists, lawyers, you name it), they are still oppressed by *the system*, *the man*, and so as long as that is the case they never have to be responsible, cannotbe held responsible for any negative effects to society that should occure. 

      This is the reality under CRT: it is racist to hold the black man to the white man’s standards because those standards are by their very nature racist. 

      By keeping this philosophy evolving via guilt of white skin privilege this ensures the continued support of Federal Government, Affirmative Action programs and hundreds of other programs designed to elevated the black man because he has been oppressed at the hands of the White Europeans/Western civilization for hundreds of years, lastly in America.

  • Southern__Hoosier

     Answer, whites don’t have a death wish.

  • Sheila Dinehart

    Detroit has to be one of the saddest places in America. It was one of the greatest cities in America (by yankee standards) only to fall utterly after the race riots (“Negro uprising”), and the take over of the city by radical white leftist backed militant blacks, suppported by the Federal Government,  out of fear, desperately trying to end violence.

    I can’t imagine riding a bus in Detroit between 1 and 4 am.  I would imagine most blacks avoid that foolnishness.

  • What need is there for public transportation in a major city between 1 AM and 4 AM?  I doubt much legitimate commerce is taking place in Dirtrot between those hours.  I checked the St. Louis transit system, and there is nothing going between 1 and 4. Of course I better not say that in public, because not having buses and light rail running between 1 and 4 is a form of racism.