their services the two now appeared to be competing in a transit turf war. (see DDOT Suburban Bus Routes - 1997)

Beginning Saturday, February 1, 1997,  DDOT would launch six new bus lines into the surrounding Detroit suburbs,  all
operating along already established
SMART bus routes.  Effective that following Monday, the #26 Greenfield Spinner
became an actual
DDOT bus route — basically duplicating the  SMART #415/420 Greenfield–Southfield  suburban
route.  This route operated from the
Northland Shopping Center in Southfield to Fourteen Mile Road, operating as a
two-directional "one–way" loop service.  One route operated via Greenfield, 14 Mile and Southfield roads, while the other
operated in the reverse. The service required an additional $.25-cent zone fare resulting in a
$1.50 fare.

Assigned out of the
Coolidge Terminal,  the small 19-passenger #3300–series  Goshen Coach buses were primarily
assigned to the line. With service requiring a few quick trips during peak-hours no actual
Greenfield Spinner runs were
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The above map displays the one-way loop operation of the suburban DDOT route
#26 Greenfield Spinner. While one coach would leave Northland Center to 14 Mile
via Greenfield, the other traveled the opposite way via Southfield.
D-DOT Route #26
The  new DDOT route  #26  Greenfield
 began operations  on  Monday,
February 3, 1997.  The  launching of this
shuttle  service  began  during  a   period
when the relations between  the city–run
DDOT  system  and  the  suburban   bus
SMART (Suburban Mobility
Authority  for  Regional  Transporta-
appeared to be somewhat strained.

Talks  between  the two  transit  agencies
to  begin consolidating bus service  along
Woodward Avenue  had recently broken
down,   and  the  launching  of  this  new
"suburban"  shuttle  service   seemed  to
coincide with what  the media at the time
referred to as  a  "bus  system  war."  By
mid-December of 1996, the
operation  had  begun   picking–up   and
dropping-off  passengers  in  the  city  of
Detroit  along
seven of  its major routes,
DDOT  immediately  followed   with
the  launching  of  a number of suburban
shuttle routes.  Instead of the two transit
agencies working  together to coordinate
Information for the above article was compiled from various Detroit area newspapers articles courtesy of the Stan Sycko
newspaper collection, and from the DDOT Route Update notices, route maps and bulletins archived in the author's collection.
Route operated under D-DOT
During its short period of operation these 19-passenger Goshen
Coach buses were primarily used on the Greenfield Spinner.
(photo courtesy of Stan Sycko)
ever assigned to the route — with all service operating through
peak hour tripper operation.  However, effective April 11, 1997,
Greenfield  Spinner operation was assigned  to runs from
other  lines (a long-time departmental practice), such  as  route
#22 Greenfield or #21 Grand River runs being  assigned  to
work via the
#26 Greenfield Spinner line.  However, effective
September 2, 1997,  operation along the
Greenfield  Spinner
route was once again operated as tripper service.

DDOT's venture into the surrounding suburbs would
be short–lived, for in January of 1998,  
DDOT announced that
it  could no longer afford  to  run its  buses  outside of  the  city
of  Detroit.  Consequently, as part of a departmental–wide cost
cutting  move — effective  with  the  operator's  pick that went
into  effect  on  Saturday, January 17, 1998 —- the
DDOT bus
system discontinued all of its suburban bus service, including its
#26 Greenfield Spinner.