D-DOT Route #97
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
four new routes.  These new 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 #53 Woodward and #25 E. Jefferson were combined and
through-routed out of downtown Detroit.  This newly combined route would be known as
Route #97 WOODWARD-
.   Service would operate from the Michigan State Fairgrounds on the far north end to the Wayburn
on the east side, although some Woodward service terminated downtown at Beaubien and Jefferson.

Despite the numerous problems encountered during the mid-seventies after the combining of the
Michigan and
Gratiot routes, DDOT management was determined to implement this combining of routes on a much larger scale.
Consequently, numerous service problems were encountered with the operation of  the new routes being assigned
to two different terminals.  Unpredictable coach and manpower shortages, compounded by a lack of communication
between the terminal locations, resulted in numerous sporadic gaps within the service.
The above map displays DDOT Route #97 Woodward-Jefferson during its nearly two years of operation.
However,  the  combined  routing  arrangement  didn't  last
long.  The  service  was  discontinued,  for  the  most  part,
DDOT  and  SMART  joined  forces in a cooperative
(but rather short-lived)  route  swapping  project.   Effective
Saturday, June 25, 1994,
SMART took over operation of
DDOT's Michigan and Jefferson routes.  As a result, the
 #93 Gratiot–Michigan and  #97 Woodward–
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,
DDOT  took  back  the  operation  of  its  routes #25  
E. Jefferson
and #37  Michigan , while SMART resumed
operation of its routes along
Fort  Street  and  John  R.,  
which  had  been  operated  by  
DDOT  during  the  route
swapping project.
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(January 1, 1994 Woodward–Jefferson
D-DOT Transfer courtesy of the Stan Sycko Transfer Collection)
Route operated under D-DOT
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