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#1370L

DETROIT'S FIRST WHEEL-CHAIR LIFT "RTS" COACHES

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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.

(video posted for educational purposes only)

For more Detroit transit video clips visit:
http://www.detroittransithistory.info...

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