Southeastern Michigan Transportation Authority

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Area served Detroit suburbs, MI
Founded 1967
Defunct January 17, 1989
1989 Fleet Size 204 fixed-route buses
Number of routes in 1989 43

Southeastern Michigan Transportation Authority or SEMTA was formed in 1967, during a period in which transit agencies in the Detroit suburbs experienced massive declining ridership on routes into downtown Detroit following the 1967 Detroit Riots. Between 1971 and 1975 they acquired the four transit systems (Great Lakes Transit Corporation, Lake Shore Coach Lines, Metropolitan Transit & Martin Lines) operating in the Detroit suburbs, and in 1977 acquired Grand Trunk Western Railroad (now Canadian National Railway)'s Detroit-Pontiac commuter train, discontinuing it in 1983. It also operated local transit in Port Huron, Michigan from 1976 to 1988 and Monroe, Michigan from 1980 to 1989, using the same names currently in use by those systems but with SEMTA logos and liveries featuring those names.

Towards the end of the 1980's, SEMTA would find itself unable to provide a regional transportation plan as politics and race relations continued to disassociate the surrounding suburbs from the city of Detroit. Other factors in making it viewed as ineffective included the failure to merge with the Detroit Department of Transportation, mismanagement of the Detroit People Mover project and the demonstration of disinterest by the rural outer counties in supporting any transit service to Detroit. On December 7, 1988, Public Act 204 (the same act that created SEMTA in 1967) was amended by the state legislature and on January 17, 1989, SEMTA became SMART (Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation), which was a smaller three-county agency which excluded Detroit. To this date, there is still no commuter train service in the Detroit area, despite many attempts to restart service.

Routes

SEMTA operated the following routes on January 17, 1989, when it became SMART.

All-Time Fleet Roster

Bus

[1]

Bought new

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
1521-1568 1975 GMC T6H-5307A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison To SMART, same numbers.
1801-1878 Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation 1810-a.jpg 1978 GMC RTS-03
(TH-8203)
Detroit Diesel 8V71T Allison V730 To SMART, same numbers.
7901-7936 1979 GMC RTS-03
(T8H-203)
Detroit Diesel 8V71T Allison V730 To SMART, same numbers.
7951-7959 1979 GMC RTS-03
(T7W-203)
Detroit Diesel 6V71T Allison V730 To SMART, same numbers.
8001-8050 Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation 8042-a.jpg 1980 GMC RTS-03
(T8H-203)
Detroit Diesel 8V71T Allison V730 To SMART, same numbers.
8201-8215 1982 GMC RTS-04
(T8J-204)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730 To SMART, same numbers.
8401-8416 1984 Flxible Metro "A"
(40102-6T)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison V730 To SMART, same numbers.

Acquired from other agencies

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Destination sign Terminal Notes
103-105 1962 GMC PD-4106 Detroit Diesel 8V71 Manual 4-speed ? Ex-Greyhound 1091, 1100 & 1106; bought in 1974.
425-429 1965 GMC TDH-4519 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Rollsign Ex-Evanston Bus Company 331-335; bought in 1973.
430 1955 GMC TDH-5105 Rollsign Ex-Detroit Street Railway 1310; bought in 1971.
431-435 1956 GMC TDH-5105 Rollsign Ex-Detroit Street Railway 1399, 1404, 1410, 1414 & 1444; bought in 1971.
436-439 1957 GMC TDH-5105 Rollsign Ex-Detroit Street Railway 1494, 1506, 1509 & 1512; bought in 1971.
442 1957 GMC TDH-5105 Rollsign Ex-Detroit Street Railway 1538; bought in 1972.
1231-1234 1962 GMC PD-4106 Detroit Diesel 8V71 Manual 4-speed ? Ex-Greyhound unknown number, 1069, 1111 & 1114; bought in 1974.
1322 1963 GMC TDH-4519 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Rollsign Ex-Chicago and Calumet District Transit Company 1322; bought in 1975.
1519 1965 GMC TDH-4519 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Rollsign Ex-Chicago and Calumet District Transit Company 1519; bought in 1975.
1733 1967 GMC TDH-4519 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison Rollsign Ex-Huskie Line 1733; bought in 1975.
2128 1961 GMC TDH-4517 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Rollsign Ex-?; bought in 1975.
1338-1347 1961 GMC TDH-4517 Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison VH Rollsign Ex-Chicago and Calumet District Transit Company 2155-2164; bought in 1974 for Great Lakes Transit.

Demo roster

Fleet number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Destination sign Terminal Notes
? 1974 MAN SG-192 Demo'd July 1974.
? 1981 Crown Ikarus 286 Demo'd November 1981.

Blue Water Area Transit

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
S550-S558 1980 OBI Orion I
(01.501)

Lake Erie Transit

Commuter Rail

Locomotives

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Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Notes
901-902 January 1957 EMD GP9
  • Ex-GTW 4908 & 4915; acquired 1977.
  • Sold to MBTA 901-902 in 1987.
  • Both since retired from MBTA, 901 in 1993, 902 in 2009.
903-904 March 1960 EMD GP18
  • Ex-GTW 4950 & 4952; acquired 1977.
  • Sold to MBTA 903-904 in 1987.
  • Both since retired from MBTA, 903 in 1995, 904 in 2009.
905 August 1956 EMD GP10

References

  1. Motor Coach Age October-December 2003 edition
  2. Railroadfan.com - What was SEMTA?