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DetroitTransitHistory.info
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This Web-Page Features Local Transit Related Video
Clips from "Back in the Day."
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PRE-D.S.R. YEARS
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SITE DIVISIONS
HORSE-CAR ERA
THE PINGREE YEARS
THE D.U.R. YEARS
CITY TAKE-OVER
D.S.R. YEARS
D-DOT YEARS
FLEET PHOTOS
FLEET ROSTERS
P.C.C. ERA
ROUTE HISTORY
TRANSIT VIDEOS
MISCELLANEOUS
OLD DETROIT
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A look back at the History of Public Transportation in and around the City of Detroit.
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CURRENT FEATURED VIDEO CLIP:
DDOT DIRECTOR UNVEILS FIRST OF NEW REHABBED BUSES
In these two TV news-clips from early Sept 1985, the first of the completely rehabbed
buses that put the DDOT Director on the hot seat are displayed before the media.
In June of 1985, former DDOT Director Robert Polk came under fire from the Detroit City Council after he sent
60 older buses in need of repair to the Blitz Corp. of Chicago to be completely overhauled, before the Detroit
City Council had even approved the contract.
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© 2008  (PAGE LAST UPDATED 03-09-11)
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ARCHIVED VIDEO CLIPS: (Now viewable on YouTube.com)
TRANSIT VIDEOS - ADVANCED DESIGN BUSES (ADB's)
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In the Fall of 1977, GMC
Truck & Coach held a
media event to show-off the
first RTS (Rapid Transit
Series) bus fleet to roll off
the assembly line.
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In May of 1978, SEMTA &
GMC unveiled the first five
D-DOT RTS coaches to the
media. Also, a sneak-peak
at the inner workings of the
wheel-chair lift on the RTS.
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D-DOT "BACK IN THE DAY" VIDEOS
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During the 1970's and 80's
the Detroit Department of
Transportation (D-DOT)
would experience numerous
problems that would affect
service. (The first in a series)
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D.S.R. (DEPARTMENT of STREET RAILWAYS) ERA VIDEOS (None available at this time)
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MISCELLANEOUS TRANSIT VIDEOS (None available at this time)
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HISTORICAL DETROIT and TRANSIT VIDEO CLIPS FOUND ON THE INTERNET:
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OTHER MISC. ON-LINE VIDEOS OF INTEREST
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A 1935 promotional film
produced by the Detroit
DSR, boasting about the
transit system's excellence
in maintenance, cost and
service.
(Links to Parts 2 and 3)
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A Detroit DSR instructional
film for bus drivers featuring
the do's and don'ts of safe
coach operation. The
Ford
"front-engine"
Metropolitan
bus is primarily featured in
this (c.) 1937 film.
(Links to Prts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
Key to Our Horizons
(Internet Archive video)
A tribute to the automobile
and its importance in
American life and economy.
Great views of downtown
Detroit during the early '50s.
DSR coach #1034 (one of
Detroit's first GM diesel
busess) also featured in film.
During the 1970's and 80's
the Detroit Department of
Transportation (D-DOT)
would experience numerous
problems that would affect
service.(The 2nd in a series)
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A film highlighting the
history of the
Amalgamat-
ed Transit Union
(founded  
on Sept. 15, 1892). The
video outlines many of the
accomplishments the ATU
achieved during its history.
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During the 1970's and 80's
the Detroit Department of
Transportation (D-DOT)
would experience numerous
problems that would affect
service.(The 3rd in a series)
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D-DOT SERVICE
PROBLEMS BACK IN
THE DAY [Video-4]
During the 1970's and 80's
the Detroit Department of
Transportation (D-DOT)
would experience numerous
problems that would affect
service.(The 4th in a series)
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(This video clip posted for educational purposes only)
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GRUMMAN-FLXIBLE
"870" CRACKED
A-FRAME PROBLEMS
In December of 1980, over
2,600 Grumman 870 buses
were taken out of service
across the country to repair
cracked A-frames. ABC
World News Tonight reports.
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During the summer of
1978, the first wheel-chair
lift equipped RTS coach  
was delivered to the Detroit
Department Of
Transportation (DDOT).
Beginning In June of 1978,
the first fleet of RTS (Rapid
Transit Series) Advanced
Design Buses began
operating along the streets
of Detroit.
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In our video clip, Mr. Polk now proudly shows-off the first five of these coaches to the news media before the
buses are placed back into service. The rehabs now sport a new paint job, new seats, new lighting, new
engines, new exhaust systems and new brakes. This is the second of two videos featuring DDOT's attempt to
improve bus service during the mid-'80s.
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In June of 1985, the former
director of D-DOT was in
the hot seat after sending
60 buses to be rehabbed
without council approval of
contract. (The first of two)
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