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Published on Mar 1, 2009
During the summer of 1978, the first wheel-chair lift equipped RTS coach (Model TH-8203) was delivered to the Detroit Department Of Transportation (DDOT). After the city's first fleet of seventy (70) non-lift equipped RTS's (#1300-1369) began arriving in May, these lift equipped coaches would complete the remainder of the department's 111 coach order.
Between August and October of 1978, forty-one (41) GMC built "RTS-II" coaches (#1370L-1410L) were delivered to DDOT for operation on its #34 Gratiot Avenue route. In this video clip from Sept. 13, 1978, then local CBS affiliate WJBK-TV2 Eyewitness News reporter Woody Willis was on hand at the DDOT east-side Shoemaker Terminal as DDOT coach operators participated in a special hands-on training session to familiarize themselves with the new wheel-chair lift equipment.
BTW, I do apologize for the tape's abrupt ending, as the end of this segment was inadvertently erased some years ago.