D-DOT Route #90
In 1992, DDOT management announced that the following eight bus routes; Baker, Gratiot, Jefferson, Joy Rd.,
Michigan, Oakland, Vernor and Woodward, would no longer terminate downtown, but would now be combined to
form four new routes. These new lines were to provide DDOT passengers with non-stop "through-routing" service in-
and-out of the downtown area.
Effective Saturday, September 5, 1992, DDOT routes #3 Baker-W. Vernor and #36 Oakland were combined and
through-routed out of downtown. This newly combined route would be known as Route #90 BAKER-OAKLAND.
Service would operate from the Ford River Rouge Plant–Gate #2 (Miller Road) near the far south-west side over to
Eight Mile and Dequindre on the city's north-east side.
Despite the numerous problems encountered during the mid-seventies after the combining of the Michigan and
Gratiot routes, DDOT management was now determined to implement this combining of routes on a much larger
scale. Consequently, numerous service problems were encountered with the operation of the new routes being
assigned to two different terminals. Unpredictable coach and manpower shortages, compounded by a lack of
communication between the terminal locations, resulted in numerous sporadic gaps within the service.
However, this combined routing arrangement didn't last long. The service was discontinued, for the most part, on
June 25, 1994, when DDOT and SMART joined forces in a cooperative (but short-lived) route swapping project, where
SMART took over operation of DDOT's Michigan and Jefferson routes.
Meanwhile, the combined #90 Baker-Oakland line would continue on for another year. However, those two routes
were also separated, effective Saturday, June 17, 1995. While route #36 Oakland would return as a separate line, the
former #3 Baker (W. Vernor) portion of the line was instead combined with the #49 E. Vernor line, resulting in a new
"through-routed" #49 Vernor route.
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