D.S.R. Route #63
D-DOT Route #33
Consequently, due to the construction of the Jeffries Freeway, the DSR announced that the #69
Northlawn bus route would be discontinued permanently—-effective Monday, June 7, 1971. This
decision was followed by angry protests from residents along the small route, who petitioned the DSR
to restore their service. After freeway construction was completed in that area, the DSR restored the
service, effective on Monday, September 25, 1972. To resolve the issue of access across the
freeway, the route had to be rerouted one-half mile to the east across the freeway along Fullerton,
traveling via Fullerton, Ewald Circle and Davison.
However, shortly afterward, DSR management announced that the Northlawn route would be
combined with the 4-½ mile long Meyers route, which was located one-half mile to the west of the
route's north end. The routes were combined by using Wyoming and Lyndon streets.
Effective on June 15, 1973, the new route #63 Meyers-Northlawn began operations. Service
operated during peak hours, Mondays thru Fridays, with 30-minute headways. Only the Northlawn
Shuttle portion operated on Saturdays. Shortly after DDOT took-over DSR operations in 1974, new
route numbers were assigned to all lines, with the Meyers-Northlawn line becoming route #33
By the mid-eighties, service had been reduced to 60-minute headways, with no service on Saturdays.
It was becoming evident that the eventual cancellation of the service was inevitable. Service on the
line was later discontinued by DDOT, coinciding with a number of other DDOT route eliminations
scheduled to take effect on Tuesday, September 6, 1988—the date that the department implemented
its most significant route changes since World War-II. The actual last day of service on the #33
Meyers-Northlawn line was Friday, September 2, 1988.
Information for the above article compiled from route data supplied by various Jack E. Schramm Motor Coach Age magazine articles on
DSR bus routes, including "Detroit's DSR, Part 3" (May–June 1993 edition), and from a 1974 DDOT Meyers-Northlawn timetable copy,
courtesy of Ken Schramm. Additional information obtained from 1972 and 1980 DDOT Service Maps already in the author's possession.
The 1977 Meyers-Northlawn transfer courtesy of the Stan Sycko Transit Collection.
The former DSR/DDOT Meyers-Northlawn
route was a light service bus route formed by
the DSR during the early 1970s, basically as a
result of protests from neighborhood
residents along the Northlawn portion of the
route whose bus service had recently been
This new route was formed by combining the
former route #63 Meyers (which began operations
back in 1927), with route #69 Northlawn (which
began operating as a separate bus route back in
1949, but as a smaller shuttle route in 1951).
During the early seventies, construction would
begin along the west-side of Detroit on the new
Jeffries (I-96) Freeway, which, as to be expected,
would result in a number of residential streets no
longer being through streets across the newly
constructed expressway. Two such streets,
Northlawn and Cloverlawn, served as the main
roadways for the Northlawn bus route. The new
freeway would result in the already short route—
which was about 1.8-miles long one way—now
having to be split in half.