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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 FIRST NEW LOW-FLOOR BUSES FOR D-DOT PUT INTO SERVICE ON THIS DATE IN
    Message 1 of 266 , Feb 4 10:35 AM
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      Reminder from: DSR-2-DOT Yahoo! Group
       
      Title: THE FIRST "NEW" LOW-FLOOR BUSES FOR D-DOT PUT INTO SERVICE ON THIS DATE IN 2004
       
      Date: Friday February 4, 2011
      Time: 1:45 pm - 1:45 pm
      Repeats: This event repeats every year.
      Location: CITY OF DETROIT (2004)
      Notes: On this date in Detroit Transit History: NEW LOW-FLOOR BUSES HIT THE STREETS OF DETROIT

      Without a lot of fanfare or media hype, eight of DDOT's new #3900-series New Flyer "low-floor" buses assigned to the west-side Coolidge Terminal began their first day of service on Wednesday afternoon, February 4, 2004. Coach #3916 was the first of the new coaches to be assigned into service and pulled out on run #5 Evergreen (working the Greenfield line) at 1:43PM.

      Other #3900s could also be found that day operating on the Grand River, Imperial Limited, Schaefer and Tireman lines, and also on the Fort line, which was assigned out of Coolidge at the time.

      Within a few days, a total of sixty (60) D40LFs (#3900-3959) were placed into service across the city. Additional fleets of these low-floor buses were later purchased by DDOT from New Flyer Industries Ltd. The department later exercised its option for fifteen (15) additional coaches (#3975-3989), which were delivered between May and June of 2004.

      In 2005, one-hundred twenty-one (121) additional New Flyer D40LFs (#4100–4220) were placed into service by DDOT. The new fleet of coaches were delivered and placed into service between March and August of 2005, after first being paraded before the news media on Belle Isle.
       
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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
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        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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