In 2018, Detroit bucked the national trend and increased bus and paratransit ridership numbers by 240,000. This is great news and as a city we should work to build on this momentum to increase ridership numbers even further.
Our proposal to achieve this is to create “Mobility Hubs” in the Corktown area that will work to increase public transit use as well as the adoption of private last mile solutions to make the area an example of what the future of mobility can look like in Detroit starting in the MCS impact area.
A study by the University of Utah found that bus stops upgraded with a shelter, benches, and adjacent sidewalks dramatically increased ridership. In addition, properly designed shelters can reduce particulate matter exposure for riders. In the DDOT transit system across Detroit, there are more than 5,500 bus stops, only 200 of which have bus shelters. In the MCS impact area, there are 93 DDOT stops of which only 3 have shelters.
The concept behind the mobility hubs are to remove barriers that prevent people from having access to different transportation solutions. The hubs would create safe, accessible, and attractive places to access services including DDOT and SMART buses, bike-sharing, shuttle services, and micro-mobility options (dockless bike and Spin scooters). Our proposal incorporates the traditional bus shelter (covered and lit place to wait for the bus with bench and trash-can) along with other transit features to help bridge the last-mile connection (such as bike and scooter racks, MoGo station) for people living in the MCS impact area. We will work with third party stakeholders to ensure these shelters provide other last mile mobility solutions to draw users to the Hubs while encouraging community engagement to “adopt” or participate in the painting of the Hubs. Finally, these Hubs will be equipped with Detroit’s Project Green Light cameras to provide 24 hour safety for riders and expand the City’s Project Green Light program.