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FIRST DDOT (SEMTA) "RTS" BUSES UNVEILED AT GMC TRUCK & COACH

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Published on Aug 22, 2010

A SNEAK-PEEK AT THE FIRST SEMTA/DDOT WHEELCHAIR-LIFT RTS BUSES

On May 2, 1978, the Southeastern Michigan Transportation Authority (SEMTA) and GMC Truck & Coach in Pontiac, MI held ceremonies to unveil to the media the first five SEMTA "Series 03" RTS-II coaches earmarked for the Detroit Department Of Transportation (DDOT).

Meanwhile, WXYZ-TV Channel 7 reporter Jack McCarthy went behind the scenes at the Pontiac facility to take a sneak-peek at the inner workings of a wheel-chair lift RTS still under construction. That story is featured in this video clip, and was broadcast on Channel 7 Action News on Tuesday, May 2, 1978.

Also visible in video are a fleet of sixty-six GMC "Series 01" RTS-IIs (#1000-1065) originally manufactured for AC Transit of Oakland, CA. The non-wheelchair lift buses were rejected by AC Transit because of a court dispute over wheelchair lifts. The buses were acquired later that year by the Santa Clara County Transit District of San Jose, CA.

(video posted as an educational reference only)

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

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