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Detroit bus drivers won't work; rides stop for thousands

SMART bus for Detroit downtown
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Bus riders are stranded in Detroit as drivers concerned about the coronavirus refused to report to work Friday. A union official says drivers are having conflicts with riders about wearing masks and facing other challenges. Detroit buses serve an average of 85,000 people a day. In March, early in the pandemic, drivers staged a strike over safety and the condition of their buses. In response, Detroit eliminated fares, promised more cleaning and told riders to enter and exit from the rear door only. Masks are mandatory.