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(1900 – 1922)
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THE D.U.R. YEARS
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A BRIEF LOOK-BACK AT DETROIT's TRANSIT HISTORY
The City of Detroit has a rich long history in public transportation,
stretching back to the days of the horse-drawn rail cars of the
1860's. Back when the right to operate public transit on Detroit
streets was granted to numerous private streetcar companies.

During the 1890's, the arrival of the electric powered streetcar
replaced the horse-drawn rail cars, but the ownership rights were
still in the hands of the private owners.

Beginning in 1901, all of the Detroit street railway and interurban
operations in and around the city were consolidated under one
privately owned company. This new company became known as
the
Detroit United Railway (D.U.R.).

But in May of 1922, all city streetcar operations were taken over
by the City of Detroit under its newly formed
Department of
Street Railways
— better known as the D.S.R. Shortly
thereafter, the City of Detroit also entered into the transit bus
business when the D.S.R.'s Motorbus Division began operations in
January of 1925. After January, 1932, all public transportation
within the city limits would be operated solely by the
D.S.R.  

During the
D.S.R. era, the City of Detroit operated one of the
largest municipally owned and operated transportation systems in
the world. During its heyday, the city-owned system operated a
fleet of well over 2,800 vehicles, including streetcars, electric
trackless trolley-coaches, and motorbuses. In April, 1956, the last
of the streetcars were removed, and diesel buses took-over.

In July, 1974, the
D.S.R. became the Detroit Department Of
Transportation (DDOT)
, which is still the current public transit
provider for the citizens of Detroit.

The
DetroitTransitHistory.info web-site will attempt to take
you on a historic journey back in time....back to the day when
public transit in Detroit greatly impacted the lives of Detroiters.
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