@CityofDetroit Council is considering how to overhaul @rideDDOT paratransit service - the on-demand door-to-door transportation for people with disabilities and many seniors.

Lots of public comments in advance complaining of bad service and urgent need for change.

@CityofDetroit @RideDDOT New proposal for paratransit service: that the City should manage everything except the actual operations - eligibility, customer service, scheduling, dispatching. They'd contract out the actual rides, but manage everything else.

@CityofDetroit @RideDDOT Detroit pays the very lowest for paratransit service than nearly any other city.

TRU public comment pointed out: "You get what you pay for."

"You can't pay $1.99 and expect a steak dinner!"

"Detroit needs to DOUBLE funding of paratransit."

@CityofDetroit @RideDDOT Here's DDOT's recommendation for paratransit - cut out the middle manager and have DDOT manage it and hire local Detroit companies to provide the actual rides.

Best reasonable solution, but pros and cons still exist.
@CityofDetroit @RideDDOT Councilman @Scottinthe3rd asked why/when paratransit was outsourced and how to ensure the improvement is worth the 50% increase in cost.

Council directed their staff to pull together a report on the first question.

No action taken today.

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