Detroit Department of Transportation route 52 'Chene'
|Communities Served||Detroit, Hamtramck|
|Route Type||Downtown Route|
|Days of Operation||Daily|
|Vehicles Used||Gillig Low Floor, New Flyer Industries D40LF, New Flyer Industries XD40, New Flyer Industries XDE40|
|Average Daily Weekday Ridership (2014)||1,027|
52 Chene is a bus route operated by the Detroit Department of Transportation in Detroit, Michigan, United States.
This route travels out of the Rosa Parks Transit Center in downtown Detroit through east-side neighborhoods and Hamtramck's central business district, terminating at Varjo and Van Dyke Streets.
- April 6, 1952 - Service begins as a Detroit Street Railway route after the Baker streetcar line converts to buses. The Chene bus route takes over the east-side portion of this crosstown streetcar route. Initially, the route operates from Cadillac Square in downtown Detroit to Joseph Campau and Davison Streets via Chene Street and Joseph Campau.
- 1966 - Service extended along Davison, Mount Elliott and East Nevada Streets to Van Dyke, replacing portions of the newly-discontinued Davison Shuttle route. Night service, however, continued to terminate at Joseph Campau and Davison.
- July 1, 1974 - Service carried on by DDOT.
- 1980 - Service rerouted from Chene and I-94 to Joesph Campau and Denton Streets via East Grand Boulevard and Hamtramck Drive due to the neighborhood in between being completely demolished for a General Motors plant.
- 1989 - Service rerouted via Joseph Campau and East Nevada from Davison and Joseph Campau to Nevada and Van Dyke.
- 1997 - Evening service to the Bel-Air Shopping Center via Van Dyke and 8 Mile added.
- 2001 - Downtown terminus moved to Capitol Park after the Cadillac Square Transit Center closes permanently.
- 2004 - Service to the Bel-Air Shopping Center discontinued.
- April 23, 2005 - Overnight service discontinued by then-Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
- 2009 - Downtown terminus moved to the newly-opened Rosa Parks Transit Center.
- September 1, 2018 - To accommodate route number usage for the ConnectTen network, this route was renamed 52 Chene.