Detroit Department of Transportation 1001-1148

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Detroit Department of Transportation 1001-1148 were General Motors Corporation T6H-5307A buses built in Pontiac, Michigan in 1975.

These were the first buses purchased new by DDOT and the last New Look buses purchased for the city of Detroit. They sported other firsts as well: first DDOT buses in a numbering scheme that would be used until 2010, first to display the current route numbering and naming system used today, first Detroit buses since the 1940's to feature side destination signs, first buses with computerized wheel-lock control braking system to prevent skidding, first buses with foot-operated directional signal switches, first buses with plush cushioned brightly-colored seats and first buses with improved interior lighting (lighting was moved from the center aisle to the advertising panels along the sides).

In June 1974, the Southeastern Michigan Transportation Authority was awarded $9.1 million in federal and state grant money to be used to purchase 148 new buses for the Detroit Street Railway, which at the time was slated to undergo restructuring the following month and renamed the Department of Transportation. In January 1975, SEMTA obtained an additional $12.5 million federal grant for 89 additional buses. Nearly 80% was allocated towards new DDOT buses, the remaining 20% would go towards new buses for SEMTA's suburban operations. The local share money was obtained through a special half-cent state gasoline and weight tax diverted to mass transit.

Two orders which totaled 196 buses were placed with GMC, with 148 slated for DDOT and 48 for SEMTA. An order for 51 additional buses for DDOT was later awarded to AM General.

Delivery began in June 1975. The vehicles, which cost $62,000 each, were purchased by SEMTA with federal and state money, but were leased to DDOT for only $1 per year per bus. They were formally unveiled by Mayor Coleman A. Young on Tuesday, June 10, 1975.

In the mid-1980's, a number of units were rehabbed by Blitz Body Corporation and repainted into the then-current DDOT scheme. The 10 buses that ended up never getting rehabbed were retired by 1990 and by 1996, the last vehicles in this series were retired.

Fleet numbers from this series were later reused for a 2010 order of New Flyer D40LF buses.

Engine Transmission Seating Destination sign
Detroit Diesel 6V71N 48 Rollsign

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Fleet number Thumbnail Date Serial License plate at retirement Paint at retirement Terminal at retirement Notes
1001 1975 RETIRED
1002 1975 RETIRED
1003 1975 RETIRED
1004 1975 RETIRED
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1006 1975 RETIRED
1007 1975 RETIRED
1008 1975 RETIRED
1009 1975 RETIRED
1010 1975 RETIRED
1011 1975 RETIRED
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1016 1975 RETIRED
1017 1975 RETIRED
1018 1975 RETIRED
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1020 1975 RETIRED
1021 1975 RETIRED
1022 1975 RETIRED
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1025 1975 RETIRED
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1027 1975 RETIRED
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1039 1975 RETIRED
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1060 1975 RETIRED
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1062 1975 RETIRED
1063 1975 RETIRED
1064 1975 RETIRED
1065 1975 RETIRED
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1067 1975 RETIRED
1068 1975 RETIRED
1069 1975 RETIRED
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1072 1975 RETIRED
1073 1975 RETIRED
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1076 1975 RETIRED
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1078 1975 RETIRED
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1081 1975 RETIRED
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1088 1975 RETIRED
1089 1975 RETIRED
1090 1975 RETIRED
1091 1975 RETIRED
1092 1975 RETIRED
1093 1975 RETIRED
1094 1975 RETIRED
1095 1975 RETIRED
1096 1975 RETIRED
1097 1975 RETIRED
1098 1975 RETIRED
1099 1975 RETIRED
1100 Detroit Department of Transportation 1100-a.jpg 1975 RETIRED
1101 1975 RETIRED
1102 1975 RETIRED
1103 1975 RETIRED
1104 1975 RETIRED
1105 1975 RETIRED
1106 1975 RETIRED
1107 1975 RETIRED
1108 1975 RETIRED
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1110 1975 RETIRED
1111 1975 RETIRED
1112 1975 RETIRED
1113 1975 RETIRED
1114 1975 RETIRED
1115 1975 RETIRED
1116 1975 RETIRED
1117 1975 RETIRED
1118 1975 RETIRED
1119 1975 RETIRED
1120 1975 RETIRED
1121 1975 RETIRED
1122 1975 RETIRED
1123 1975 Green and yellow double-crossover stripe Coolidge RETIRED
1124 1975 RETIRED
1125 1975 RETIRED
1126 1975 RETIRED
1127 1975 RETIRED
1128 1975 RETIRED
1129 1975 RETIRED
1130 1975 RETIRED
1131 1975 RETIRED
1132 1975 RETIRED
1133 1975 RETIRED
1134 1975 RETIRED
1135 1975 RETIRED
1136 1975 RETIRED
1137 1975 RETIRED
1138 1975 RETIRED
1139 1975 RETIRED
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1141 1975 RETIRED
1142 1975 RETIRED
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Vehicles
Current Low Floor 1001-1050, 1201-1242, 1400-1430, 1500-1508, 1519-1538, 1700-1728, 1800-1829, 1900-1924, 4100-4220
Current LF Hybrid 1243-1246, 1509-1518
Current LF Articulated 1539-1548, 1960-1964
Former 001-002, 1001-1148, 1201-1251, 1300-1369, 1370-1410, 1501-1605, 1701-1717, 1801-1874, 1900-1999, 2000-2084, 2521-2534, 3000-3120, 3001, 3002-3006, 3200-3232, 3250-3282, 3290-3299, 3300-3328, 3500-3599, 3600-3617, 3700-3799, 3800-3859, 3900-3959, 3975-3989, 4000-4024, 8900-8913
Routes
ConnectTen Routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Downtown Routes 16, 18, 19, 23, 27, 29, 31, 40, 52, 67
North-South Routes 12, 13, 30, 41, 46, 54, 60, 68
East-West Routes 11, 15, 17, 32, 38, 39, 43, 47
Express/Direct Routes 42, 80, 89, 92, 95, 96
Former Local Routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (1974-1988), 5 (1996-2002), 6, 8, 20, 24, 26 (1974-88), 26 (1997-98), 28, 33 (1974-1988), 33 (1997-2005), 35 (1999-2005), 35 (1974-88), 36, 42, 44, 51, 52, 66, 99
Former Express Routes 70 (1974-88), 71 (1974-88)/70 (1988-2005, 2008-09), 72, 73, 74 (1974-88)/71 (2008-09), 75 (1974-88)/74 (2008-09), 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88 (1974-88)/73 (2008-09), 94, 97, 99, 498
1994-95 Suburban Routes 125, 130, 150, 495
Facilities
Transit Centers Downtown Detroit, Fairlane Town Center Hub, Eastland Center Transit Center, Northland Center Hub, Rosa Parks Transit Center, State Fairgrounds Transit Center
Loops Brennan Loop, Pierson Loop, Wayburn Loop, Wyoming Loop
Terminals Coolidge Terminal (inactive), Gilbert Terminal, Shoemaker Terminal
Bus Stops 1-999, 1000-1999, 2000-2999, 31000-3999, 4000-4999, 5000-5999, 6000-6999, 7000-7999, 8000-8999, 9000-9999, 10000-10999
Timelines
History 1974-1983, 1984-1993, 1994-2003, 2004-2013, 2014-present
Southeast Michigan and Far Southwest Ontario Agencies
Ann Arbor
Port Huron
Chatham-Kent
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Detroit People Mover
Monroe
Leamington
Detroit M-1 Rail
Detroit M-1 Rail
RTA
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Detroit suburbs
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