Do Better DDOT Podcast

Do Better DDOT Podcast

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An uncensored, no nonsense podcast on all things Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT). Join your hosts, Ray and Sam, as they discuss the hilarious (and sometimes horrifying) ups and downs of navigating Detroit Public Transit daily. Tune in every Thursday!


Ghost Bus(ters): Do Better DDOT Goes LIVE!
Oct 17 • 60 min
Sam and Ray Go Live! The topic of discussion? Ghost Buses and more… Join them as they share their experiences with waiting for a bus that never comes and everything else in between. Uncut. Don’t forget to checkout the live video recordings of this episode…
Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes! Riding DDOT And Dressing Comfortably During The Seasonal Change
Oct 10 • 30 min
It’s that lovely time of year where bus service gets even more inconsistent than it already is and we all feel like a microwaved dinner. Complete with hot and cold spots all over. Yes, Sam and Ray will be talking about seasonal changes while riding with…
The Ridership Has Sailed
Oct 3 • 29 min
Sam and Ray hash out reasons why Detroit is one of the few cities in the U.S. with rising Ridership, despite it’s MANY faults. Did DDOT actually manage to do better? Tune in and find out!
Ray’s Rebellion
Sep 26 • 34 min
In this week’s episode, Sam and Ray discuss some of the new DART App’s shortcomings. Plus, it’s story-time with Ray as he goes into detail about what went down at the Rosa Parks Transit Center makeshift Community DDOT Meeting. You don’t want to miss this!
A Short Ride With Us #1
Sep 19 • 16 min
Join Sam and Ray as they discuss what the bus has to offer outside of getting people to and from work. From making it to appointments on time, to makeshift shelters for those without a place to stay, studying for class, or even heading to a show - they…
Oh, So You Ride The Bus?
Sep 12 • 26 min
In this week’s episode, Sam and Ray discuss the stigma that comes with being a bus rider in Detroit. They unpack job discrimination, assumptions made about the type of people that use public transit as their main mode of transportation, and even touch on…
See What Had Happened Was…
Sep 5 • 41 min
Sam and Ray are back for their second season with an August recap! It’s a well known fact that DDOT is WILD, but they really showed out this past month with quite a few significant changes that will directly affect bus riders in the city. So, grab your…
Invisible Activists
Aug 8 • 54 min
Fact: Historically, White voices have always resonated louder than Black ones. This seems to be the ongoing theme in Detroit as the Old Detroit is pushed aside for the “New Detroit”. It’s not just businesses and resources. It’s also communities, families…
DDOT, Would YOU Boss Up and Get This Money
Aug 1 • 25 min
Surprise! Detroit has been awarded a $2.6 million federal emissions grant which will go towards low-emission and zero-emission methods of transportation, such as buses. Sam and Ray play a game of, “If I was DDOT”, and discuss how the grant could be used…
Low Down Dirty DDOT
Jul 25 • 38 min
Sam and Ray are joined by another guest-host, Jackie (Gemini), in a discussion about the current state of DDOT buses, bus stops, and bus shelters. It’s one of the hottest days of the year and these three are on fire as they criticize DDOT on their lack of…
Are You Afraid of the Bus?
Jul 18 • 36 min
We wanted to hear your personal bus stories and you guys delivered! In this episode, Norma joins Ray and Sam, once again, as they share a few outrageous true life tales from bus riders. They even share some of their own personal experiences. Also, a…
Trash Talking The Trashy Transit Center
Jul 11 • 35 min
This week, Sam and Ray talk trash about the Rosa Parks Transit Center. Its open season and shots are being fired at the toxic culture of one of the biggest public transit hubs in the city of Detroit. From a candid discussion about the sub par customer…
The Little Engine That Couldn’t: Q-Line
Jul 4 • 38 min
This week, join Sam and Ray as they discuss the Q-Line and how it fits into the current mobility scene in Detroit. Here’s a hint: It doesn’t! Do Better DDOT’s fifth episode, “The Little Train That Couldn’t”, points out the blatant disparities between DDOT…
Grown & Sexy With A Curfew: Early Ending Bus Service
Jun 27 • 48 min
In this episode, Sam and Ray discuss the need for extended bus service throughout Detroit’s neighborhoods and how it affects job accessibility, limits access to city resources, and cuts short plain old fashioned fun nights out for adults living in the…
Show Me Your Rack: Biking With DDOT
Jun 20 • 36 min
In this episode, Sam and Ray are joined by fellow bus rider and bicyclist, Norma. Detroit’s efforts to increase mobility is the name of the game as we discuss the strange disconnect of Detroit pushing a modern image while public transit gets left behind…
Dude, Where’s My Stop?: An Audio/Visual Dilemma
Jun 13 • 43 min
In this episode, Ray and Sam examine the lack of audio and visual announcements on DDOT buses, unpack the “English-only & accessibility-as-an-afterthought” culture at DDOT and discuss why something as simple as audio announcements at each stop seems to be…
Where My Benches At?
Jun 6 • 33 min
In this first episode, Sam and Ray discuss the lack of proper seating at Detroit bus stops, the outcomes that riders face as a direct result of such willful neglect, and unpack possible reasons why the City of Detroit and its Department of Transportation…