The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Detroit bus cuts pushed back
– for now

Mar 7, 2005

After a big protest in February, Detroit's Department of Transportation announced that its proposed cuts to the city's bus system will be delayed.

The city had previously announced that elimination of 24-hour bus service, and cuts to over 50 routes, along with 140 layoffs, would take effect on March 5.

But after 500-plus city workers and residents showed up to protest at a City Council meeting on February 22, the city quickly decided to delay the cuts.

They're no longer saying when the cuts will take place; but they still say the cuts will happen.

It will take even bigger and louder protests by Detroit workers and residents to stop these cuts completely. But this latest small step back shows that the city can be forced to respond to its residents.