- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says the city is adding buses and round-the-clock routes in what’s billed as the biggest bus service expansion in about 20 years.

The expansion will add roughly 1,500 trips per week to bus schedules by January. Officials say the Detroit Department of Transportation is hiring 80 new drivers - 30 of whom are expected to start Friday - and adding six new 24-hour routes to a total of nine.

Duggan says cutting service was “one of the worst things” because it prevented people from getting to jobs. He adds the expansion aims to significantly reduce wait times.

Officials say they bought 80 buses last year, and 20 more are expected by spring.

Money to improve transportation was included in the city’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy.

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