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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 BUS SERVICE BEGAN ON THE CHENE LINE ON THIS DATE IN 1952 Wednesday April 6,
    Message 1 of 266 , Apr 5, 2011
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      Reminder from: DSR-2-DOT Yahoo! Group
       
      Title: BUS SERVICE BEGAN ON THE CHENE LINE ON THIS DATE IN 1952
       
      Date: Wednesday April 6, 2011
      Time: 12:15 am - 12:15 am
      Repeats: This event repeats every year.
      Location: City of Detroit, MI (USA)
      Notes: On this date in Detroit Transit History: CHENE SERVICE BEGINS

      Bus 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.
       
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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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