Re: Where Are They Now?
- --- In DSR-2-DOT@yahoogroups.com, "da_phantom_ryder"
> what did you mean by those buses being the coaches that unclecoleman
> bought?Well...I called them that cause....They were! Coleman A. Young, who
served as Detroit's mayor from 1974-1994, admitted that DDOT service
had deteriorated to a level by the mid-80's he described as "damn
near a shambles." Using surplus money from the city's general fund,
he then purchased 100 non-air-conditioned buses from GM of Canada in
1986 at a cost of $12.7 million to improve service. It was the first
time in over twenty years, and the only time for DDOT, where new
buses were purchased without using federal funds.
In reality, he had no choice but to buy them. Since 1984 the Urban
Mass Transit Administration (UMTA) had been diverting federal funds
originally earmarked for new DDOT buses to help pay for the
completion of the Downtown People Mover Project. The PM project had
been threaten with abandonment due to millions of dollars in major
cost over-runs, and SEMTA (who controlled the project at the time)
couldn't raise the needed funds to finish the project. Although that
arrangement with the Feds allowed the People Mover to be completed,
DDOT had by then went without new buses for nearly six years.
That's why I referred to those #1900-1999 series buses as "the buses
that Coleman Young bought."