Detroit’s bus system is making significant improvements, enough that the U.S. government is lifting financial restrictions on how the agency can access federal funding. […]

“FTA is very pleased with the improvements DDOT has made and we congratulate you on your efforts,” Simon said in the letter.

The FTA listed a number of area of progress by DDOT, including:

  • An on-time bus departure rate of 98% as of November, up from 62% in January 2014.
  • Meeting and exceeding federally required preventative maintenance on buses.
  • Upgraded procurement procedures, bus fleet management plan and standardized administrative operating procedures as well as an overall asset management plan.
  • Improved used of spending funds in old federal grants that had sat idle. (Read the full story in the Detroit Free Press)