Bed Bugs Hitching Rides on Detroit Buses, Say Drivers
Friday, June 29, 2012
The union representing Detroit's bus drivers has reportedly
asked local lawmakers to put pressure on the transit agency to help
stop the spread of bedbugs on buses.
The Detroit News reports that roughly 50 Detroit Department of
Transportation (DDOT) drivers have said they've seen bedbugs on
buses, and some have been bitten within the past year, according to
Henry Gaffney, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local
After receiving a letter from Gaffney in May, DDOT chief executive
Ron Freeland said Thursday he asked a maintenance crew to
investigate and sent a letter to the union later that month saying
any infested bus would be cleaned.
The amount of bedbugs the crew has found so far in the cleaning
process isn't unusual for a service with an average of 100,000
riders each day, Freeland told the newspaper.
"I, personally, am not aware of any widespread problem," he said.
"Where we do have problems, we are in fact dealing with it."
Any buses reported to have bedbugs will be cleaned and fumigated,
Freeland said. If that doesn't kill them, the maintenance crew can
put the vehicle in a paint booth and kill the bugs with heat.
Gaffney, however, said DDOT officials should be taking preventive
measures by treating all of the agency's terminals and
"If this continues to get bad, you can't force anybody to work in
those types of conditions," Gaffney told the newspaper. "It's not
fair to the citizens either. Somebody's got to care somewhere in