“Trying to catch the 53 Woodward northbound from downtown last week after work, I waited for an hour in a snowbank for it to arrive. Usually I just walk the hour home, but I felt a cold coming on and was trying in vain to save myself some time breathing in the cold air. Waiting with me was another rider who spent the entire hour leaning on a cane, with nowhere to sit. When we finally boarded the bus, it only went a block and a half before the driver pulled over, said “I gotta talk to my supervisor,” and walked off the bus. We spent at least ten minutes parked on the side of the road while our driver talked with someone outside. Toward the end of our wait, I started recording our motionless bus because it was so ridiculous. Eventually the driver had myself and the other rider get off the bus and put us on a DIFFERENT 53 Northbound bus, which was overpacked with people stuffed into the aisle. It took us a half hour to get from downtown to Mack & Woodward due to all of the traffic from the M-1 Rail construction, at which point myself and a few other riders asked to be let out in the middle of halted traffic to try our luck walking home. I really felt for our bus driver, who was obviously frustrated as well but there was really nothing he could do. My total commute home that day took over TWO HOURS for just a two mile journey. I would have been better off walking!” – via email submission
“I waited over an hour for the Woodward going northbound last Friday evening. Absolutely ridiculous to wait over an hour for a bus on the city’s MAIN line, while millions of dollars are being spent on a rail system that won’t even benefit the people that actually NEED the public transportation system. When the bus finally came, guess what happened? It passed us up because it was jammed packed. I had to wait 10 more minutes for another bus to come. Meanwhile, while waiting for the bus, I saw at least 4 buses going down Woodward going South. I was at Warren and Woodward, which is a hop, skip and a jump from downtown, so once the southbound buses made it downtown, they didn’t come back to go back down the line.” – via facebook submission
“Caught the Woodward bus this morning (12/4) trying to get downtown for work, and they picked me up at Canfield (a half hour late). An old woman pulled the cord just as I got on and asked to be dropped at Willis. The bus driver kept going and said ‘I’m sorry, but I’m not supposed to let you out here. I have to let you out by the DSO on Mack.’ The woman was upset and said ‘Since when? I got let out there the other day. I gotta walk from all the way down there?’ There does not seem to be a consistent protocol for this stretch of Woodward, and the drivers appear just as confused as we are! I hope somebody figures this out soon. Feels like it changes every day!” – via email submission
Pictured: folks waiting to catch the bus in the blocked-off section of Woodward Ave. What have your experiences been like during the M-1 construction? Folks who use these lines, has this affected you? Are you still able to find your stop and get where you need to go? Let us know here in the comments, or on our Facebook page!
Pictured here: 53 Woodward Northbound stop just south of Mack, adorned with a beautiful garbage bag and duct tape ensemble! This bus stop is currently being rerouted, but unfortunately you can’t figure out where because the M-1 construction won’t let you get close enough to read the informational flyer. Good thing the city makes that information easily accessible online!! Oh, wait…