"Since it was launched, Project Green Light has helped to bring about sustained reductions in violent crime at or near participating businesses. A recent analysis of reported crimes shows that the original 8 Green Light gas stations continue to see a nearly 40% reduction in violent crime."
Today, DDOT announced a major new bus expansion, including three new 24-hour and express bus routes connecting Detroit's neighborhoods with major employment centers. There are now nine 24-hour bus services – up from zero 24-hour services just a year ago.
For the first time in generations, Detroiters can step outside at night anywhere in the city and expect to see their street lit. 40 percent of the city's 88,000 lights weren't functioning just three years ago.
The city began offering the behind-bars training in October 2016. When Duggan visited the Detroit Reentry Center last year, he said an inmate told him it was first time he had received job training, and he wished he hadn't gone to prison to get it. "If Detroit's comeback is going to be successful, we need everybody's talents and this is a way to make sure we use the talents of people who have paid their debt," Duggan said in an interview.
Biden later said that small businesses are among the largest job creators. They are central in sustaining Detroit growth, and not just in the city center, Biden added. “Motor City Match is doing that,” said the vice president said, adding Duggan was the visionary who moved the program forward.
"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." On-time bus departures rose to 98% in November 2016, up from 62% in January 2014.
Detroit's mayor is pushing for more membership in local trade unions. This all ties back to the construction boom in Detroit. Mayor Mike Duggan wants more Detroiters involved in that boom and getting the work.
“I want to put Detroiters to work rebuilding Detroit,” Duggan told The Detroit News.
When fully implemented in January, the service expansion is expected to add approximately 1,500 trips per week for DDOT customers. DDOT is rolling out six new 24-hour routes, for a total of nine 24-hour routes citywide. DDOT did not offer 24-hour service prior to 2016. DDOT is also adding five new express routes to help Detroiters get to important job centers.
“The magnitude of the blight problem in the city is enormous; but instead of whining about it, we got to work on it,” said Mayor Duggan.