D-DOT Route #35
But according to the figures released by DDOT during the Spring of 2005, ridership totals on Meyers
only averaged seven passengers per hour. Ridership was low enough to convince DDOT officials to
cancel the service. Bus service ended on the #35 MEYERS line on Friday, April 22, 2005.
Information for the above article compiled from data, D-DOT Service Maps, and timetables already in the author's possession, with
additional information courtesy of the Stan Sycko Transit Collection.
In mid-December of 1998, the Detroit Depart-
ment of Transportation (DDOT) held two Transit
Community Forums at the former Greater Grace
Temple building on Schaefer. The purpose of this
forum was to announce plans to launch new bus
service along the Meyers Road corridor. This new
bus route would provide transit service to
Adams/Butzel Recreation Center, Guest Middle
School, Lewis College of Business, Northwest
Activities Center, the Super K-Mart Center, and
On Saturday, March 6, 1999, service was restored
to Meyers when DDOT launched its route #35
Meyers. The new route operated between Meyers
and Grand River to the Northland Shopping Center.
Service began shortly after the opening of the new
Super K-Mart Center on Seven Mile Road and
Meyers. The original headways called for 30-minute
service weekdays, and 60-minute service on
weekends. But beginning in September of 2002, the
headways were reduced to 25 minutes on
weekdays and 50 minutes on weekends—however,
service to the Northland Mall was discontinued. The
route now operated from Eight Mile Road to Grand
River—almost identical to route followed during the
later DSR years (see Meyers—1 print).
Beginning in April of 2003, a slight change was in
store for the Meyers line when the DDOT fleet of
Chance CNG (compressed natural gas) #4000-
series rubber-tire bus-trolleys were assigned "full-
time" to the line. This service would continue until
the small buses were put out of service and retired
in June of 2004. Regular line-haul coaches then
returned to the line.