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  • DSR-2-DOT@yahoogroups.com
    Reminder from: DSR-2-DOT Yahoo! Group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DSR-2-DOT/cal GRAND RIVER STREETCAR LINE CONVERTED TO MOTOR BUSES ON THIS DATE IN 1947
    Message 1 of 266 , May 4, 2007
      Reminder from: DSR-2-DOT Yahoo! Group
       
      Title: GRAND RIVER STREETCAR LINE CONVERTED TO MOTOR BUSES ON THIS DATE IN 1947
       
      Date: Saturday May 5, 2007
      Time: 12:15 am - 12:15 am
      Repeats: This event repeats every year.
      Notes: On this date in Detroit Transit History: GRAND RIVER CONVERTED TO BUSES

      On Monday, May 5, 1947, the Grand River line became the first "major" streetcar line in Detroit to be converted to motor bus operation. Some smaller lines had already been converted, but with a main line now being substituted by buses the future of streetcar service in Detroit looked dim.

      When Grand River streetcar service ended on May 4th, Coolidge became an all-bus operation and its carhouse was also closed.

      Electric trolley-bus service later operated on Grand River from July 6, 1951 'til November 16, 1962.
       
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    • DSR-2-DOT@yahoogroups.com
      Reminder from: DSR-2-DOT Yahoo! Group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DSR-2-DOT/cal THE SAMUEL T. GILBERT TERMINAL OPENED ON THIS DATE IN 1948 Wednesday June 6,
      Message 266 of 266 , Jun 5, 2012
        Reminder from: DSR-2-DOT Yahoo! Group
         
        Title: THE SAMUEL T. GILBERT TERMINAL OPENED ON THIS DATE IN 1948
         
        Date: Wednesday June 6, 2012
        Time: 12:15 am - 12:15 am
        Repeats: This event repeats every year.
        Notes: On this date in Detroit Transit History: THE D.S.R. GILBERT FACILITY OPENS

        On Sunday, June 6, 1948, the Gilbert Terminal and Garage opened as the first DSR facility built solely for bus usage. It was named in honor of Samuel T. Gilbert, a post-WWII president of the Detroit Street Railway Commission, and an advocate of a DSR all-bus operation.

        During the mid-1940's, the DSR was continuing its move in a direction from a street railway operation, to an all bus operation by the late-1950's. A storage facility was needed to house the new fleets of buses the department began purchasing after WWII. Property was purchased just off of the proposed Crosstown Expressway (now the Edsel B. Ford (I-94) Freeway), near Grand River.

        The facility was completed before that stretch of the expressway was constructed, and was originally located on Wabash Street, between Stanley and W. Kirby streets.

        The smaller-size Gilbert Terminal has always remained an all bus facility.
         
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