DDOT provides 20K surgical masks for riders to slow spread of COVID-19

  • City expects to distribute 20,000 masks as riders board
  • Fleet of busses will have masks available starting Wednesday, April 8
  • DDOT requests all riders wear mouth and noise covering for safety and to slow the spread of COVID-19


In support of those on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, Mayor Mike Duggan announced today that the City of Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) will provide riders with free surgical masks as they board the motor coach beginning Wednesday, April 8. Masks will be available on every DDOT bus and available, one per rider, at no cost while supplies last.

Mayor Duggan worked with Governor Whitmer to secure the 20,000 masks for individuals that must leave their homes to handle essential business.

“We have to care for and protect our neighbors. One of my biggest issues is the busses and we are taking this measure to protect both the drivers and those who ride the bus,” said Mayor Duggan.

Masks will be fastened to the back of the bus via a dispenser as riders enter, no contact will be required to retrieve a mask and all riders are being asked to be diligent in only touching the mask they will be taking.

Providing masks for all passengers adds to the several measures already taken to stop the spread of COVID-19. On March 18, Mayor Duggan and the presidents of the three unions representing DDOT employees announced a series of health safety improvements made to protect drivers and passengers, including:

  • Allowing entry and exit from the rear doors of the bus only.
  • Providing free rides to prevent the need for passengers to use the fare box at the front of the bus.
  • Prohibiting seating immediately behind the driver.
  • Providing drivers with masks, gloves and sanitary wipes.
  • Cleaning the bus at the beginning and end of the line each time the bus completes a trip.
DDOT Mask Graphic

About DDOT
The Detroit Department of Transportation is the largest public transit agency in Michigan. DDOT primarily serves the city of Detroit and neighboring cities including Dearborn, Hamtramck, Highland Park, Harper Woods, Livonia, Redford Township, River Rouge and Southfield. DDOT has 48 fixed bus routes, 12 24-hour routes and six express routes with an average daily ridership of 85,000 riders. DDOT prides itself on providing transit service that’s reliable, clean, safe and efficient. For routes and fare information, visit ridedetroittransit.com.


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