The former little-known DDOT route #66 Downtown Lunch Time Express (a.k.a. the Eastern Market Lunch Time Shuttle) was a short-lived shuttle service launched back on Monday, June 27, 1994. The new service lasted slightly longer than a coordinated "route-swapping" service agreement between DDOT and the suburban bus system SMART (Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation), that was launched just two days prior. (see DDOT Suburban Bus Routes - 1994)
This new lunch time shuttle service linked Eastern Market with portions of the Medical Center, Greek Town, Thirty- Six District Court and (Stroh's) Brewery Park. The shuttle was assigned out of the DDOT Gilbert Terminal and operated from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with twelve minute headways.
However, after only a little over one year of operation, the #66 Downtown Lunch Time Express was discontinued, effective with the operator's pick that went into effect on Saturday, September 2, 1995.
Information for the above article was compiled from various Detroit area newspapers articles courtesy of the Stan Sycko newspaper collection, and from the DDOT Route Update notices and bulletins archived in the author's collection.