Head of DDOT: “We are running out of time for disabled riders”

Detroit – On Wednesday, the City Council again delayed the renewal of a $49 million contract “without an alternative” despite complaints about the reliability of the French company that operates the system.

The paratransit community has called for the termination of Transdev service, the main provider that has underperformed the city for the past six years, demanding an increased contract.

Last week, the board unanimously approved a new $16 million contract with Lake Whitmore-based People’s Express Inc., delaying a vote on Transdev. Both contracts expire on December 31, 2027.

ADA activists have called for the contract to be reduced from five years to three years to see effective change.

Lisa Franklin, founder of Warriors on Wheels of Metropolitan Detroit, thanked the council for ignoring the Transdev contract.

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