D-DOT Route #96
In 1992, DDOT management announced that the following eight bus routes; Baker, Gratiot,
Jefferson, Joy Rd., Michigan, Oakland, Vernor
and Woodward, would no longer terminate
downtown, but would now be combined to form four new routes.  These lines were to provide
DDOT passengers with non-stop "through–routing" service in-and-out of the downtown area.

Effective on Saturday, September 5, 1992,
DDOT routes  #27 Joy Road and  #49 E. Vernor
were combined and through-routed out of downtown. This newly combined route would now
be known as
Route #96 JOY-VERNOR.  Service would operate from the Redford Plaza near
Telegraph & Chicago on the far west end, to the Eastland Shopping Center on the east side.

Despite the numerous problems encountered during the mid–seventies after the combining
of the
Michigan and Gratiot routes, DDOT management was determined to implement this
combining of routes on a much larger scale. Consequently, numerous service problems were
encountered with the operation of  the new routes being assigned to two different terminals.
Unpredictable coach and manpower shortages,  compounded  with a lack of communication
between the terminal locations, resulted in numerous sporadic gaps within the service.
However, the combined  routing  arrangement
didn't last long.  The service was discontinued,
for the  most  part, after  
joined forces in a  cooperative (but short–lived)
route swapping project.  Effective on Saturday,
June 25, 1994,
SMART took over operation of
DDOT's Michigan and Jefferson routes.  As a
result the
Gratiot & Michigan and Woodward
& Jefferson
combined routing was separated.

#90 Baker–Oakland and #96 Joy-Vernor
line separation followed a  year  later, on June 17,
1995, but  this time resulted in the former
#3 Baker
(W. Vernor)  
and  the #49 E. Vernor routes being  
combined.  This created the new "through-routed"
#49 Vernor line.

This newly  combined  
DDOT route  resulted in
both W. Vernor and E. Vernor streets — for the
first  time  in  the city's transit history — being
serviced by the same bus route.
The above route map displays DDOT Route #96 Joy-Vernor during its nearly two years of operation.
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(January 1, 1994 Joy Road–Vernor
D-DOT Transfer courtesy of the Stan Sycko Transfer Collection)
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