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Detroit Department of Transportation
Please describe your organization's size and scope.
The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) is a public transit agency
that's a part of the city of Detroit's government structure and which also provides service to neighboring towns including Dearborn, Hamtramck, Highland
Park, Harper Woods, Livonia, Redford Township, River Rouge and Southfield.
DDOT has 48 fixed bus routes, 11 24-hour routes and six express routes,
with an average daily ridership of 85,000 riders. The agency operates 232
buses during peak service. We have more than 900 employees.
DECEMBER 3-5, 2019
DECEMBER 4, 2019
What attracted you to the public transportation industry-
what did you do before?
I embarked on my career in public transit in 2006 while working for the city of
Detroit as a supervisor in the grants department, before transferring to DDOT.
At DDOT, I began by supervising the accounts payable division and quickly
advanced to the role of accounting manager. As an accountant, I strive to attain
policy and regulations excellence and am passionate about achieving FTA
The attraction to transit was instant. I enjoy serving the community, and the
public transit industry is a change agent that really makes a difference.
Please describe your role. What do you like most about
As interim director, I oversee daily operations. I enjoy the daily accomplishment
of providing service to our customers and the setting of policy to ensure we are
practicing industry standards-providing clean, safe and efficient public transportation within the community.
An offering of APTAU
Please describe the length and scope of your involvement
I have attended APTA's Transit CEOs Seminar, the 2017 EXPO in Atlanta, the
TRANSform Conference in New York City, and I have participated on a panel
for the Legal Affairs Committee in Palm Springs.
As DDOT continues to enhance public transportation in Detroit and neighboring cities, I look forward to participating in more APTA events and networking
with industry colleagues.
What have you found to be the most valuable APTA
benefit or resource?
NOVEMBER 13, 2019
DDOT partnered with APTA on a peer review, which was completed in April
2019. APTA's diligent assistance defined a consensus summation of observations within our operations division. This experience helped us make improvements to our service-to restructure the operations division; to hire staff with
the skills and capabilities to improve overall service to our customers; to reduce
bus pull-ins by 30 percent-which satisfied our concerns and the ability to take
DECEMBER 15-17, 2019
What do you see as the biggest challenges and opportunities facing public transportation over the next few
years? What are you and your organization doing to
The biggest challenges and opportunities we face are the continuing changes
to mobility options. The city of Detroit has implemented a mobility division to
ensure inclusion on policy changes within Detroit and the southeastern Michigan region. The partnership with other public transit agencies helps provide
seamless communication and strategic planning to leverage transit options for
Please share some of your APTA committee experiences.
I am a member of the Bus & Paratransit CEOs Committee, Mid-Size Operations
Committee and Public Transportation CEOs Coordinating Council. This involvement has provided me an opportunity to foster relationships with public transit
professionals, with whom I enjoy sharing and learning about important industry
What is unique about your organization? What would
readers be surprised to learn?
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DDOT is transformative-with Detroit facing bankruptcy in 2013, our employees
continued to operate public transit with limited resources. Now, with the revitalization of the city, there is a reinvigorated demand for public transit.
Our team has accomplished the following since January 2018: a new logo,
the release of the ConnectTen routes (that include 24/7 service, peak-hour
frequency of 15 minutes and Wi-Fi) and the introduction of Dart, a unified fare
structure that eliminates transfer fees among Detroit area DDOT and SMART
fixed-route buses and QLINE streetcar services.
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