In front of a capacity crowd of more than 1,200 supporters, Mike Duggan today announced he would be running for a second term as Mayor of the City of Detroit.
"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.
"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.
Today, the last of 65,000 new LED streetlights were installed, making Detroit the largest city in the country to be entirely lit by LED streetlights. This project finished under budget and ahead of schedule.
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.
“A summer job can make all the difference in the life of one of our youths,” Mayor Mike Duggan said. “It provides skills, experience and confidence, and it prepares them for bright futures and prosperous careers.
Detroit average EMS response time hit 8 minutes – the national benchmark – today for the first time in years. Ambulance response times averaged more than 15 minutes when Mayor Duggan took office in January 2014.