D-DOT Route #93
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 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 #34 Gratiot and #37 Michigan were
combined and through-routed out of downtown. This new combined service would be known as Route
#93 GRATIOT-MICHIGAN. This would mark the third time that these two routes were combined. The
first time was under the DSR in November, 1950, when PCC streetcars operated along both lines, and
then again in June, 1973, when both routes were combined under the DSR, and continued a few
years under DDOT as route #34 Michigan-Gratiot.
The new Gratiot-Michigan line operated from Ford Rouge (Miller Road) Gate #2 on the west end, to
the Eastland Shopping Center on the east, although some Gratiot service terminated and looped
But despite the numerous problems encountered during the mid-seventies after combining service on
these same two bus lines, DDOT management was determined to implement this on an even larger
scale. Consequently, numerous service delays were encountered with the operation of these new
lines being assigned to two separate terminals. Unpredictable coach and manpower shortages,
compounded with 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, after DDOT and SMART joined forces in a cooperative (albeit short-lived) route swapping
project. Effective on Saturday, June 25, 1994, SMART took over operation of DDOT's Michigan and
Jefferson routes. As a result, the combined #93 Gratiot-Michigan and #97 Woodward-Jefferson
routes were separated.
The cooperative agreement between DDOT and SMART was canceled after just nine months, after
SMART began campaigning to institute a suburban transit tax to only support suburban bus service.
Effective Saturday, April 1, 1995, DDOT took back the operation of its #25 E. Jefferson and #37
Michigan routes, while SMART resumed operation of its routes along Fort Street and John R.,
which had been operated by DDOT during the route swapping project. After the termination of the
agreement with SMART, the two line were never rejoined and have since remained separate.