Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation route 753 'Pontiac/Baldwin Road'

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Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation route 753 'Pontiac/Baldwin Road' is wheelchair accessible.
Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation route 753 'Pontiac/Baldwin Road' is a bike rack route.
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753 Pontiac/Baldwin Road
Communities Served Pontiac, Auburn Hills
Route Type Community Route
Days of Operation Daily
Vehicles Used Gillig BRT 40' (HEV)SmallAccessible.gif, New Flyer Industries D40LFSmallAccessible.gif
Vehicles at Peak 2
Terminal Oakland
Average Daily Weekday Ridership (2018) 303

753 Pontiac/Baldwin Road is a bus route operated by the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation in metropolitan Detroit, Michigan, United States.

Route Details

The current routing of route 753. This map also shows the current routings of routes 752 and 756.

This route primarily services Saginaw Street between Water Street and Oakland Avenue, Oakland Avenue between Saginaw Street and Baldwin Road, Baldwin Road between Oakland Avenue and Brown Road, Brown Road between Baldwin Road and Joslyn Road, Joslyn Road between Brown Road and Great Lakes Crossing Drive and Great Lakes Crossing Drive between Joslyn Road and Baldwin Road. This route services the Phoenix Center Hub, the Great Lakes Crossing Transportation Center and the Auburn Mile Shopping Center's Meijer store. Southbound trips on Sundays only service the routing used by route 752, which does not operate on Sundays, south of Columbia Street.

History

Pre-SMART

  • September 6, 1927 - Route introduced, operated by the Detroit United Railway and providing service south of downtown via Paddock Street.
  • 1928 - Service taken over by Eastern Michigan Motorbuses.
  • September 20, 1931 - Through-routing changed to operate via Saginaw Street.
  • 1932 - Martin Lines briefly takes over service.
  • November 28, 1932 - Service sold to Pontiac Transportation Company, who then changes the south-of-downtown routing back to Paddock Street.
  • July 26, 1936 - Pontiac City Lines takes over service and routing beyond downtown now operates via Orchard Lake Road.
  • July 15, 1948 - Routing beyond downtown changed to operate on two branches, one via Voorheis Street and one via Telegraph Road to Berkley Street. At this point, the northern end of the route is at Baldwin and Walton Boulevard.
  • December 5, 1959 - Service suspended due to a driver's strike that results in the permanent closure of Pontiac City Lines.
  • 1960 - Service resumes under Pontiac Transit Corporation. Around this time, the southern end of the route was changed to Saint Joseph Hospital, almost at the border with Bloomfield Township.
  • January 4, 1971 - Southern terminus changed to the Mircale Mile Shopping Center (now Bloomfield Town Square) at Telegraph and Franklin Roads.
  • February 2, 1971 - The City of Pontiac takes over service.
  • July 2, 1973 - Southeastern Michigan Transportation Authority takes over operation.
  • June 16, 1975 - Route merged into new route 750. See that route's article for changes during this period.

SMART

  • January 17, 1989 - SMART takes over operation.
  • January 2, 1990 - Route 750 separated into various separate routes. Baldwin Road service becomes part of new route 753, operating from the Phoenix Center to the Baldwin Medical Center at Baldwin and Newport Street.
  • September 3, 1991 - Route discontinued, with route 751 extended to the Baldwin Medical Center to compensate.
  • June 15, 1992 - Route resumes service, now through-routed with route 751 at the Baldwin Medical Center and presumably also at the Phoenix Center. At this time, this route is operated almost solely with Gillig Phantoms.
  • December 11, 1995 - Service between 9 AM and 3 PM on weekdays is eliminated, replaced by a new dial-a-ride service that was launched on November 20 of that year.
  • Late 1990's - Weekday midday service restored.
  • November 9, 1998 - Service extended north to Great Lakes Crossing (which opens just four days later on November 12, 1998), initially serving entrances 2 (near TJMaxx), 4 (near Marshall's) and 6 (near the Star Theater 25).
  • June 12, 2000 - Sunday service launched.
  • September 4, 2000 - Transfers are made available to a new Flint Mass Transportation Authority regional route at Great Lakes Crossing entrance 6. Around this time, service is extended slightly north to a newly-opened Meijer store.
  • May 1, 2010 - Service to Great Lakes Crossing entrance 6 eliminated.
  • 2012? - Service within the Auburn Mile Shopping Center changed.
  • September 14, 2015 - Great Lakes Crossing bus stops consolidated into a single location at entrance 1, near Saks Off 5th and Bed, Bath & Beyond.
  • November 23, 2016 - The Great Lakes Crossing Transportation Center opens 315 feet west of entrance 1 and route 753 (as well as the MTA's Great Lakes Crossing route) is slightly rerouted to serve it.

Headways

Last updated: January 2, 2017

Frequency Buses Used First bus Last bus Notes
Weekday Peak 60 2 6:40am 9:00pm
Weekday Midday 60
Weekday Evening 60
Saturday 60 1 7:20am 9:50pm
Sunday 90 1 9:30am 6:07pm Southbound trips via route 752's routing.

Destination Signs

  • 753 BALDWIN ~ 753 TO GREAT LAKES CROSSING
  • 753 BALDWIN ~ 753 TO PHOENIX CENTER
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Vehicles
Diesel Low Floor 3019-3020, 3601-3659, 3701-3780, 3801-3840, 3901-3938, 6001-6039
Hybrid Low Floor 3003-3005, 3006-3008, 3009-3018
Hybrid LF Articulated 3001-3002
Former 2101-2140, 9001-9033, 9201-9223, 9224-9225, 9301-9367, 9368-9369, 9370-9393, 9401-9423, 9501-9532, 9901-9920, 22301-22348, 22416-22460, 22349-22415, 23301-23357, 23358-23387, 95300-95384
Support Fleet Various numbers
Routes
FAST 261, 461 & 462, 561, 562, & 563
Main Corridor Routes 125, 200, 450, 460, 510, 560, 610
Community Routes 160, 280, 400, 415, 420, 430, 494, 495, 550, 567, 615, 752, 753, 756
Crosstown Routes 140, 250, 275, 330, 405, 710, 730, 740, 760, 780
Commuter Routes 255, 445, 465, 515, 530, 580, 620, 635
Park & Ride Routes 805, 830, 849, 851
School Routes 566
Seasonal Routes Woodward Dream Cruise
Former Regular Routes 110, 130, 135, 145, 150, 165, 185, 190, 201, 202, 240, 245, 260, 265, 285, 295, 297, 305, 315, 385, 410, 435, 440, 470, 475, 486, 488, 498, 499, 525, 540, 559, 565, 598 & 599, 625, 630, 750, 751, 754, 755, 757, 758, Gateway Express, Pistons Express
Former School Routes 112, 196, 203, 209
Former Park & Ride Routes 810 & 820, 835, 865
1994-95 Detroit Routes 25, 37
Facilities
Passenger Downtown Detroit, Fairlane Town Center Hub, Great Lakes Crossing Transportation Center, John D. Dingell Transit Center, Lakeside Mall Hub, Macomb Mall Hub, Northland Center Hub, OCC Orchard Ridge Campus Hub, Oakland Mall Hub, Phoenix Center Hub, Royal Oak Transit Center, Rosa Parks Transit Center, State Fairgrounds Transit Center, Somerset Collection South Hub, Southland Center Hub, Troy Transit Center, Park & ride locations
Non-Passenger Macomb Terminal, Oakland Terminal, Wayne Terminal
Bus Stops 1-9999, 10000-19999, 20000-20999, 21000-21999, 22000-22999, 23000-23999
Timelines
History 1989-1998, 1999-2008, 2009-2018, 2019-present
Southeast Michigan and Far Southwest Ontario Agencies
Ann Arbor
Port Huron
Chatham-Kent
Detroit bus
Detroit People Mover
Monroe
Leamington
Detroit M-1 Rail
Detroit M-1 Rail
RTA
Sarnia
Detroit suburbs
Tecumseh
Windsor