Detroit Department of Transportation route 36 'Oakland'
36 Oakland was a bus route operated by the Detroit Department of Transportation in Detroit, Michigan, United States. All service formerly provided by this route is currently provided by route 42 Mid-City Loop (which replaced the midtown-Highland Park leg of route 49 Vernor in 2017) and route 43 Schoolcraft.
- 1895 - Service begins as a belt-shaped streetcar route, 'Fourteenth and Oakland', which started at 14th Street and Grand Boulevard on the west side and operated via 14th (then a two-way street) to Capitol Park downtown and from there over to Hastings Street on the east side northbound (southbound trips operated on Beaubien Street, which was two blocks west of Hastings) to Piquette, Beaubien, and Hamlin (present-day Bethune Street) to Oakland Street. From there, it continues north to the border with the then-village of Highland Park at Woodland Street.
- 1897 - Route renamed 'Fourteenth and Hastings'.
- December 31, 1899 - The Detroit United Railway takes over operation of the route from the Detroit Railway Company.
- 1901 - Route renamed to the shortened 'Fourteenth'.
- 1910 - Route extended to the new Ford Motor Company Model T plant, continuing on Oakland into Highland Park to Victor and Manchester streets.
- 1922 - Detroit Street Railway takes over operation. The route is then split downtown, with the east side portion becoming the new 'Oakland' route.
- March 11, 1929 - Bus service begins, operating from the Ford Highland Park plant via Manchester and Oakland streets north to Oakland and 8 Mile Road (the site of today's 8 Mile interchange on Interstate 75). Service on Oakland Street is, as a result, provided by streetcars south of Manchester and by buses north of Manchester.
- May 2, 1932 - After the DSR takes over Detroit Motorbus Company services, it was decided to merge the former DMBC's John R. North route with the Oakland route. The merged route started at Campus Martius and operated north to 8 Mile via John R. and Oakland.
- June 19, 1951 - After the longest transit strike in Detroit history, streetcar service on Oakland Street ends. The new Oakland bus route basically follows the same route the streetcars did.
- Early 1960's - Northbound routing changed to follow Saint Antoine Street, one block west, due to construction of the Walter P. Chrysler Freeway (I-375 and I-75) eliminating Hastings Street all together.
- 1964 - Downtown terminus moves to Cadillac Square.
- June 15, 1973 - John R.-Oakland route discontinued. Even though service along John R. and Brush was eliminated, the north end once again became a new Oakland route, now following alternating branch routes to 8 Mile Road, with alternating trips via State Fair, Outer Drive and Ryan, or via Nevada and Dequindre streets.
- July 1, 1974 - DDOT takes over operation.
- 1975 - Route assigned new number 36.
- 1980's? - Alternate-branch service discontinued and replaced by a single routing via Nevada, Dequindre, Outer Drive and Ryan.
- February 2014 - Route discontinued. The portion south of Manchester becomes part of an extended route 49, the portion north likewise incorporated into an extended route 43.