D.S.R. Route #63
Beginning on July 15, 1940, the Meyers line was combined with the Wyoming line, forming the new
Wyoming-Meyers route, which operated from Meyers and Six Mile (extended one year later to Eight
Mile Road) via Meyers, Buena Vista, Steel, Fullerton and Wyoming, eventually ending at West End
and Jefferson. On April 3, 1949, the Wyoming-Meyers line was separated, with Meyers now
operating as a single route. This new 7.43–mile long route not only operated along Meyers, from
Eight Mile to Fullerton, but was also extended about three miles to the east along Fullerton, to
Linwood, in place of the Lawton-Fullerton bus line, which had been discontinued that same day.
However, this extension along Fullerton would only be operated as peak hour service by the late
fifties, and continued as peak-hour only operation until discontinued by the DSR during the early
sixties. From that point onward, Meyers service would operate along the 4½-mile long route from
Eight Mile to Grand River (see map).
In 1950, headways on the Meyers bus line averaged 10½ to 12 minutes during the peak hours and
20 minutes during the base. But by 1955, the headways had increased to 23 minutes during peak-
hours, 34 minutes during the base and 40 minutes during evening hours. The Sunday service was
discontinued effective on May 1, 1955. By 1968, headways had increased to 45 minutes, with service
operating only during peak hours, Monday thru Friday.
On June 15, 1973, a major change was in store as the line was combined with the mostly residential
#69 Northlawn shuttle route and became #63 Meyers-Northlawn. The route later became #33
Meyers-Northlawn under DDOT, and operated until the service was discontinued in September of
Information for the above article compiled from data supplied by various Jack E. Schramm Motor Coach Age magazine articles on DSR
bus routes from 1922 thru 1974, including "Detroit's DSR, Part 1" (January–February 1991 edition), "Detroit's DSR, Part 2" (March–April
1992 edition), and "Detroit's DSR, Part 3" (May–June 1993 edition). Additional info obtained from 1950—1955 DSR Schedule Analysis
and Headway Reports courtesy of Tom Breeding, and 1951, 1957-58, 1963 and 1968 thru 1972 DSR Service Maps and timetables
already in the author's possession.
Since its beginning, when first launched by the DSR
back on Thursday, March 24, 1927, the Meyers
bus line has experienced a rather roller-coaster
type existence over the years. As was common
place with most DSR bus routes launched during
the 1920's, the Meyers line also began as a short
feeder line, transporting riders within those recently
annexed territories of the city—where there was no
rail service available—to the nearest streetcar line.
This, of course, was cheaper than extending the
existing rail lines or building new ones.
The original Meyers route was only a mile-and-a-
half long, operating from Meyers and Grand River
to Meyers and Fenkell. The route was extended
one month later to Puritan, and on October 10,
1927, to Six Mile Road. Beginning on January 31,
1930, the line was rerouted along Puritan to
Coolidge (Schaefer), and by January of 1932 had
been extended along Puritan and Hubble to Six Mile
Road. However, effective November 19, 1934, the
Meyers line would operate from Meyers and Grand
River, via Meyers and Puritan to Southfield Road,
where it then terminated at Southfield and Grand
River. This would continue as the Meyers route for
the next 5½ years. Beginning on May 13, 1940,
service along Puritan was replaced by the Lawton-
Fullerton line, and for its remaining months of
service the Meyers route loop-turned via James
Couzens Highway and Six Mile Road.