INTRO: The door seems open between the White House and the Detroit mayor’s office. Thursday, May 22, Mike Duggan hosted high level officials from Washington. Duggan says the door will soon be big enough to fit a fleet of new buses. Michigan Now’s Chris McCarus has more.
The White House scheduled a news conference downtown. It was supposed to focus on U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. He came to Detroit to promote for LED lighting for streets. The White House point man on Detroit is Don Graves. He’s supposed to coordinate every aspect of federal help. But Mayor Mike Duggan set the agenda.
“We all know what a problem our bus service is in this town. Right? We got to get these buses running on schedule. We are fifty buses away from having a modern enough fleet that we can make schedule. Don Graves promised me he is going to do one thing before the year is over. He’s going to get 50 buses. I have talked to Vice-President Biden three times about those buses. So I know Don has talked to him several times more.”