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Detroit hopes to hire 50 new bus drivers by the end of the year.

Dan Dirks, DDOT Director, says they're "beating bushes down" trying to find new drivers.
Lester Graham
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Michigan Radio

The Detroit News reports drivers are being heavily recruited by the department for the first time in years.

Officials of the city’s much-maligned bus service — plagued with an image problem for being perpetually late and crime-ridden — believe the current environment is ripe for attracting new drivers. Cameras will be installed on all buses by late fall, and transit police are boarding more routes. DDOT says it’s looking for employees with clean driving records, who can pass regular alcohol and drug tests. “We’re basically beating bushes down to try and find as many folks as we can,” said DDOT chief Dan Dirks of the recruitment effort.

You can find the application page here. Wages from the posted position range from $11.38 an hour to $16.25 an hour – the 8-week training wage is listed at $8.40 and hour.

DDOT says it's looking for employees with clean driving records, who can pass regular alcohol and drug tests. The department says the influx of drivers is expected to help improve on-time performance.

Beside drivers, the department desperately needs new equipment as well. Michigan Radio’s Lester Graham reported earlier this year that the city needs new buses.

Detroit needs 270 buses to properly serve its 100,000 passengers a day. The city only has 228 buses and a lot of them are broken down.