160 Downriver

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About 160 Downriver

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  • Location Wyandotte, MI, proud to have ridden a D40LF, proud to have ridden DDOT and proud to have photographed an LFS!

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  1. I can't recall the last time I saw a non-North American or Mexican plate, but I still have plenty of examples of what has been mentioned here. Recently, while heading back from my up-north cottage back in June, I saw a Detroit taxi pulling into a rest area on I-75 near Clarkston, 30 miles northwest of Detroit. And regarding American and Canadian plates, I've seen plates from plenty of states and I believe I saw a Quebec one while visiting one of the main tourist destinations in the Detroit area a while back. Since a quarter of the Detroit area's population lives in Windsor and the surrounding area (and the fact that many residents of that area shop at many Detroit-area retail establishments), I see Ontario plates quite often. The next most-common out-of-state plates I see around here are from Ohio, which is only almost an hour-long drive away from Detroit proper and those residents, again, often visit Detroit-area attractions, although with the ongoing multi-year I-75 reconstruction resulting in an all-out closure of the southbound lanes for several miles, getting those people back to Ohio has gotten a bit more cumbersome.
  2. Here's another good source: http://legacy.mitn.info/scripts/surplusauctions/default.asp?public_Groupid=1077&agroupname=MITN&GroupAbbrev=MITN&pid=1&pto=%2Fdefault.asp SMART and Lake Erie Transit are the only agencies I know that use this, but there may be others.
  3. May not be able to attend this one, but since this charter will enter downtown Detroit for part of it, I may consider surprising some of you guys (I may likely take the 125 to the 19 if that's all I have available).
  4. https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php/File:Suburban_Mobility_Authority_for_Regional_Transportation_3712-a.jpg The Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation has placed into service the first of 80 buses slated to be delivered this year. They will retire the remaining 22301-series and 23301-series Gillig Low Floors.
  5. Well, if that routing change somehow does not go through, at least the Tunnel Bus already connects to the Q-Line at Congress and Woodward, so there's that. Speaking of Tunnel Bus routing changes, I'm sure it's already changed slightly due to the permanent closure to vehicular traffic of the southernmost block of Woodward for a pedestrian plaza, as many SMART routes have been rerouted around that too.
  6. The first 3700s are entering service, as one, 3704, is currently on the 460 at this moment.
  7. Earlier today I was riding the new Q-Line in Detroit and happened to notice WJBK Fox 2 reporter Ryan Ermanni wrapping up a segment for a report on the route's opening weekend success as it stopped at the Amsterdam Street station heading south. http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/254792904-story At around the 00:57 mark in the video in this link, you will even hear the very same cheers that I heard when the other passengers noticed Ermanni doing this report.
  8. This should be renamed to M-1 Rail QLINE to reflect the current official name of this service while retaining the name of it's operator.
  9. The Q-Line officially opens today with grand opening ceremonies extending throughout the entire weekend. Here is a complete list of the deals that are taking place in conjunction with the ceremonies. https://m-1rail.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/QLINE-Detroit-Grand-Opening-Schedule-5.9.17.pdf In addition, the main website has been completely redesigned and is now found here: https://qlinedetroit.com/ New features of the website include a streetcar tracker among other things.
  10. Detroit's new M-1 Rail streetcar service will begin service on May 12th, though several of it's Brookville Liberty vehicles, 291 pictured here, are currently undergoing testing in preparation. https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php/File:M-1_Rail_291-a.jpg
  11. 45 MPH on any transit bus model, SMART and DDOT, on Fort Street south of Southfield Road and between Outer Drive and Schaefer, Northline Road from Allen Road westward and on Eureka Road from Dix-Toledo Highway westward.
  12. Around a hundred of the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation's early-2000's-model Gillig Low Floors, the oldest Wayne-based unit in active service photographed here, continue to operate into 2017 despite newer vehicles, currently numbering nearly a hundred, entering service over the past several years with nearly a hundred more on order for this year. https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php/File:Suburban_Mobility_Authority_for_Regional_Transportation_22319-b.jpg
  13. Veteran news anchor Carmen Harlan, spending 38 years with WDIV (Local 4) before retiring back in November, will provide the voice for the Q-Line's automated announcements. http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2017/04/18/carmen-harlan-onboard-voice-qline/100622710/
  14. The official opening date has been announced and it's May 12th. Walk-up fares will be $1.50. It runs 6-11 Monday-Thursday, 6-midnight Fridays, 8-midnight Saturdays and 8-8 Sundays. http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2017/03/09/qline-woodward-street-cars/98968860/
  15. The Detroit Department of Transportation's first 40-foot low-floor buses, a fleet of 60 New Flyer D40LF buses, were purchased in 2003. A small number of these buses, numbered in the 3900 series, continue to operate into 2017. https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php/File:Detroit_Department_of_Transportation_3927-a.jpg