D-dot's New Flyer D40LF bus #3905 on Route 78 Imperial (RETIRED)

UPDATE: This bus was retired following the collision with a motorcycle on 5/11/14. This bus was repaired and then sold to Suburban SMART as #6001. UPDATE: After 54 years of service, Route 78 Imperial Express (Limited) is now discontinued, eliminated and history due to increased low passenger ridership and drastic service cuts. Sorry about that folks; my first Windows Media movie with the D-dot's transportation wasn't to good so I had to take it off my video gallery so forgive me on that because this is my first time that I'm trying something new anyway. Well, anyhoo, here is D-dot's 2004's New Flyer D40LF bus#3905 operating on Route#78 Imperial/Grand River(Limited/Express). Engine: Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR Transmission: Allison B400R 5 or 6 speed auto Due to budget problems that happened in 2005, Route 78 has been slated down to rush-hour traffic hours only(which means Route 78 no longer runs all day from 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.).

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A final double ride on DDOT New Flyer D40LF and SMART Gillig LF (RETIRED)
2nd UPDATE 10/1/17: Suburban SMART #22349 has been retired including the rest of the 2001-2002 units. UPDATE 5/4/16: This bus was sold to SMART and was completely rebuilt after the fatal bus accident that claimed the life of the former DDOT bus driver on 6/24/14. It has entered service on 2/22/16. UPDATE 6/24/14: DDOT coach #3926 is retired due to a fatal bus accident on 6/24/14. NOTE 4/15/12: ALL services for Rt. 78 Imperial have been eliminated and are no longer in operation due to service cuts and low ridership as of 3/5/12. Here are ALL three buses combined into one and are operating on the express routes! D-dot 2003 New Flyer D40LF #3926 (RETIRED) - Route 78 Imperial Limited to C.A.Y.M.C.(City County Building) UPDATE: The afternoon inbound route including the morning outbound route no longer operates as of 6/27/11. D-dot 2005 New Flyer D40LF #4146 - Route 38 Plymouth to Meijer Shopping Center (This route will NO LONGER run the rush hour weekday express bus service to and from Rosa Parks Transit Center starting on 6/27/11!). Unfortunately, the driver was ahead of schedule and did not go that fast on the Lodge Fwy.... (RETIRED) SMART 2002 Gillig Advantage LF #22349 - Route 851 Park & Ride W. Bloomfield via New Center & Northland Center Powertrains: #3926 Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR + Allison World B400R #4146 Cummins ISL-05 + Allison World B400R #22349 Cummins ISL-07 + Allison World B400R





A ride on D-dot 2010 New Flyer D40LF bus #1018
Okay, you transitfans, I would like to introduce to you the D-dot's 2010 New Flyer D40LF bus #1018 operating on Route 78 Imperial Limited! Now, unlike the previous D40LFs #3900- #3959 & 3975-3989 (2003-2004) series and the #4100-4220 (2005) series, these buses do not have the Sutrak A/C unit mounted on top of these #1001 series buses. Instead, they are equipped with the Carrier Transicold RM55 rear-mounted HVAC units. One noticable change is that the tailight is much different and smaller than the standard round ones, but does not have the route number displayed behind the bus. This bus also comes equipped with the new Fire Suppression System to protect passengers, vehicle and engine compartment against a fire. New features include the American Seating "Insight" Style passenger seating and a factory-installed Byk-Rak bicycle rack--similar to the ones from Suburban SMART buses. This bus is powered with the Cummins ISL-07 (280-HP) engine with the Allison World B400R automatic transmission. These buses have started to be delivered to D-dot since March of 2010 and is currently awaiting more deliveries of the New Flyer D40LF buses. Deliveries are expected to be complete sometime before summer, during summer, or Autumn. These D40LF models including the D60LFs & DE60LFs are the last buses to be manufactured before the D40LFR, D60LFR & DE60LFR models have discontinued and replaced the D40LFs, D60LFs, DE40LFs, and DE60LFs. UPDATE: The delivery for these new buses are now complete as of May of 2010. Engine: Cummins ISL-07 (280-HP) Transmission: Allison World B400R automatic





D-DOT SERVICE ISSUES BACK IN THE DAY [Video-2]
Although bus service in Detroit has improved tremendously in recent years, things have not always been rosy for D-DOT (the city of Detroit's transportation department). Over the years —— beginning around the mid-1970s and well into the mid-to-late'80s —— the city's transit system would encounter numerous obstacles and would struggle to maintain adequate service. In this video clip from the Summer of 1978, WJBK-TV2 "Eyewitness News" takes a first-hand look at some of the service problems facing Detroit bus riders, as reporter Robbie Timmons (now with WXYZ-TV) takes a bus ride on the D-DOT #23 Hamilton bus route. Her bus trip begins at the Northland Mall Shopping Center in suburban Southfield and ends at the ol' Tiger Stadium ballpark in Downtown Detroit. This is the second in a series of upcoming videos from back in the day. Other videos will look at the continuing struggles the city's transit department faced, and their attempts to overcome those issues. (video posted for educational purposes only) BTW—I do want to apologize for the poor quality of this video. My old "rabbit ears" TV antennae wasn't working too well on that day——some 30 years ago. For more Detroit transit videos visit: http://www.detroittransithistory.info/Video/VideoClips.html




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