Detroit Gets New Public Transit Bus System

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Adequate public transportation has long been an issue in downtown and Metro Detroit. With gas prices hovering at slightly under $4 a gallon, it's too expensive for many Detroiters to own and maintain a vehicle. Some relief is on the horizon, though. There's a new bus system downtown Detroit.

* The Detroit Bus Company, located at 2350 Burdette in Ferndale, Michigan, offers weekend bus transportation in and around Detroit.

* Concerned by the demise of the Woodward light rail commuter train project (as reported on Crain's Detroit Business), a young entrepreneur, Andy Didorosi, put his head to amending the transportation shortage.

* At only 25, Didorosi also owns, among other things, an arts/business venue, a racing series, and a free community Wi-Fi project. He's one of Crain's 20 in their 20s 2011 winners. This program celebrates the achievements of Detroit's creative young business owners.

* The Detroit Bus Company runs a greater downtown loop and an express bus to Royal Oak, Hamtramck, and Ferndale.

* Cost a for a day bus pass is $5. One child under 12 rides with every paid adult pass.

* Tickets can be purchased online or riders may pay at the bus (cash or credit accepted).

* The Detroit Bus runs Friday from 6 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Sunday's schedule is from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. The bus runs when the Tigers play at home, too.

* Detroit Bus service is available for private rentals for $119 per hour, which pays for a driver and bio-diesel fuel. The bus seats 66 people.

* Though currently not available, the Detroit Bus Company is looking to expand to city tours, too.

* There's a park-and-ride option. For $5 riders may park vehicles at one of several downtown Detroit Bus partner locations. Some include the Majestic Theatre, Slows Bar BQ, the Bronx Bar, Foran's Irish Pub, the Northern Lights, and at Eastern Market. The Detroit Bus also has parking at Comerica Park to coincide with Detroit Tigers games.

* Sometimes, getting transportation to and from work can be a big problem, especially in Detroit. With no ride, it's hard to maintain a job. The Detroit Bus Company is working on a project to pay it forward to the community. Every day pass purchased donates a ride to work for a fellow Detroiter in need. This makes getting around safer for residents. It helps people be self-sufficient. The Detroit Bus Company is accepting applications for those who need free rides.

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