4128BUS SERVICE BEGAN ON THE CHENE LINE ON THIS DATE IN 1952, Thursday, 06 April 2017
"BUS SERVICE BEGAN ON THE CHENE LINE ON THIS DATE IN 1952" reminder
Thursday, 06 April 2017
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
City of Detroit, MI (USA)
On this date in Detroit Transit History: CHENE SERVICE BEGINSBus service on the Chene line began on Sunday, April 6, 1952, after the former Baker streetcar line was converted over to motor buses. The rather long and heavy Baker route, which operated from the Ford Rouge plant on the west-side to Jos. Campau and Davison (and sometimes beyond) on the east-side, was split downtown into two separate bus routes. While the west-side (W. Vernor) portion of the route retained its Baker identification, the east-side portion along Chene and Jos Campau streets was renamed as the Chene bus line.During most of its early years the Chene line operated from Cadillac Square in downtown Detroit to Jos. Campau and Davison. However, in 1966, the Chene line was extended along Davison, Mt. Elliott and Nevada to Van Dyke after the Davison Shuttle bus line was discontinued. But owl service on Chene would continue to short-turn at Davison and Jos. Campau.Under DDOT, service to Nevada and Van Dyke over the years would alternate between the Chene line and route #15 Chicago-Davison until the Chene was eventually rerouted up Joseph Campau, and then via Nevada to Van Dyke beginning in 1989. Evening service along Van Dyke to the Bel-Air Shopping Center at Eight Mile was added during the late-1990's, but was later discontinued in 2004.24-hour service had always been provided along the Chene route since the Baker streetcar days, and in recent years offered the only owl service into the City of Hamtramck. But effective April 23, 2005, 24-hour operation on the Chene line was discontinued by the Kilpatrick administration.Today, the service on this line is identified as route #10 CHENE.