BUS SERVICE BEGAN ON THE CHICAGO-DAVISON LINE ON THIS DATE IN 1974, 9/4/2012, 12:15 am
Reminder from: DSR-2-DOT Yahoo! Group Title: BUS SERVICE BEGAN ON THE CHICAGO-DAVISON LINE ON THIS DATE IN 1974 Date: Tuesday September 4, 2012 Time: 12:15 am - 12:15 am Location: City of Detroit, MI (USA) Notes: On this date in Detroit Transit History: CHICAGO-DAVISON SERVICE BEGINS
On Wednesday, September 4, 1974, service began on the new DDOT Chicago-Davison line after the former W. Chicago and Oakman routes were merged. The two bus routes, W. Chicago (a DSR bus route launched back in 1925) and Oakman (a former streetcar line that now operated along Davison Ave to the city's east-side) were merged at W. Chicago and Oakman Blvd. This newly formed route ran from Burt Rd in Rouge Park, via W. Chicago, Oakman, Ewald Circle, Davison, Jos. Campau, and Nevada to Mt. Elliott, with night service to Van Dyke.
Chicago-Davison was the first "local" bus route launched after the DSR became DDOT.
Meanwhile, the service along Chicago east of Oakman would now be provided only during morning and evening rush hours by the Rouge Park Express, which had been launched earlier by DDOT on July 15, 1974. The Express route continued along Chicago and traveled via the Jeffries Fwy Service Dr. and Joy Road to Grand River, and then operated express service via Grand River into downtown. However, the #83 Rouge Express was later discontinued in 1981.
In 1989, the service along Nevada was discontinued after the Chene line was rerouted along Jos. Campau and Nevada streets, with the Chicago-Davison now terminating at Jos. Campau and McNichols.
Since a small portion of the route (btwn Woodrow Wilson and 3rd) operated along the Davison Freeway, the line had to be rerouted in 1996 when the Davison Fwy (built in 1942 as the first urban depressed expressway in the U.S.) was closed for reconstruction. Consequently, the line was rerouted via Woodrow Wilson (return Rosa Parks), Glendale, Hamilton (return 3rd), Manchester Pkwy and Oakland to Davison.
Since the route now serviced the new shopping centers along Woodward at Manchester, the reroute remained the permanent route after the Davison F-way reopened in October 1997.
Today, service on this line is identified as route #15 CHICAGO-DAVISON.
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