Stop D-DOT Buses Commuting to Livonia Amid COVID-19

Stop D-DOT Buses Commuting to Livonia Amid COVID-19

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Rachel Witherspoon started this petition to Governor Gretchen Whitmer and

As of April 1st, Livonia had 207 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 15 total deaths. Meanwhile, these were the stats of our closest neighbors: Northville Township(38,0), City of Northville(0,2), and Plymouth Township(25,3). 

Given that these cities are within such close proximity to Livonia, one might wonder how Livonia can have so many cases while they do not. Regarding this, there is one more neighboring city whose stats are significant, Westland with 82 confirmed cases and 1 death as of March 28th. The common denominator between Livonia and Westland that does not exist in the other neighboring cities is transit buses bringing in people from Michigan's epicenter, Detroit. 

At a time in which both our Governor and President are urging people to stay home to stop the spread of coronavirus and ultimately save lives, it is unconscionable that Michigan's Department of Health and Detroit's Department of Transportation are putting thousands of lives at risk not only in Detroit but in cities like Livonia and Westland by operating the bus systems. Instead of trying to contain the spread of coronavirus, which is already taking a serious and deadly toll on Detroit, bus systems are continuing to operate bringing people from Detroit to places outside of Detroit, all but ensuring the further spread of the disease. At Livonia's Schoolcraft and Middlebelt bus stop alone, there are 25 buses that stop there EVERYDAY. New data now suggests that coronavirus is not only airborne but that 25% of people who have it may be asymptomatic carriers. Making it not only important that people who are sick stay out of the public, but even more important for people who aren't feeling ill to stay out of the public and inclosed spaces such as buses.

There's one more thing I want you to think about: Livonia has a high population of senior citizens and in Michigan, the average age of those deceased from coronavirus is 71. Shouldn't we be doing everything we possibly can to protect our neighbors and our community?

Regarding those who depend on the transit system in Livonia: The City of Detroit's website has a fairly extensive list regarding food/grocery needs which brings many people into Livonia to shop at Costco/Meijer/Walmart. They also have information regarding free transportation to get tested for COVID-19. What this would not provide, however, is transportation to work, which many people depend on. However, at this time, the health of everyone must come first, including these employees it would adversely affect as it is also their safety that is at stake here. They are not only in a confined space with many strangers, but if they are working, they are then coming into contact with hundreds, if not thousands, of people each day, many without anything to even remotely protect them. Thankfully, if their ability to work impacted in this way due to coronavirus, they should qualify for the expanded unemployment benefits and resources that would hopefully enable them to help take care of their families from the safest place possible, their home. 

Update: As of March 31st, the SMART bus transit system has begun reducing the frequency of bus rides and even reducing the number of routes. However, the Detroit Department of Transportation has released no such plans for D-DOT (who has the Livonia stop at Schoolcraft and Middlebelt). This is unacceptable.

Please note that when taking population into account, cases in cities listed above account for the following percentages of their individual populations: Livonia(0.22%), Northville Township (0.13%), Northville(0%), Plymouth Township(0.09%), and Westland(0.22%).

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