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DDOT sat for years on millions in ride service funds

By JC Reindl, Detroit Free Press – February 6, 2015

DDOT freep photoDetroit’s transportation department waited nearly a decade to set up a ride service program.

Detroit officials sat for years on millions in transportation funds intended for a ride service to help low-income residents get to work.

The Detroit Department of Transportation received a total of $17.4 million in federal and state transportation funds in 2004-12 to start the program, called Job Access and Reverse Commute, that gives cheap door-to-door rides to work for Detroiters who lack cars.

The program has been mentioned as one possible solution to the predicament faced by James Robertson, a 56-year-old Detroit man profiled by the Free Press this week who, due to the region’s limited bus service, walks about 21 miles a day in his commute to and from a factory job in Rochester Hills.

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