The city of Grosse Pointe Woods  has a new city bus.

The city of Grosse Pointe Woods has a new city bus.

Photo provided by Grosse Pointe Woods City Council member Richard Shetler Jr.

Grosse Pointe Woods purchases new bus

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published August 20, 2019


GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Grosse Pointe Woods has received a new set of wheels.

Last month, city officials unveiled the new Grosse Pointe Woods bus. With a price tag of $69,000, the 24-passenger vehicle has air conditioning, a back-up camera, a public address system and handicapped accessibility. Admission to the bus is limited to Grosse Pointe Woods park pass holders and their guests. Children who ride the bus must be 8 years old or accompanied by a person 16 or older.

The bus provides service to residents at different times of the year. It offers bus rides to and from Lake Front Park, 23000 Jefferson Ave. in St Clair Shores, in June and July. The bus picks up residents at various stops throughout the city, brings them to the park and then drops them off at the stops when they are done at the park. The service runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. According to the city’s website, the 2019 summer bus service ended July 26.

According to Grosse Pointe Woods Director of Public Services Frank Schulte, the new bus also will be used for the city’s annual Polar Express event. The Polar Express takes passengers on a tour throughout the city to view houses lit up for the holidays as the Polar Express story is played overhead. At the end of the trip, the group stops at the “North Pole,” which in this case is the Cook Schoolhouse, to enjoy refreshments and listen to Christmas carols.

The bus additionally will be used for small senior citizen outings in which 24 people or fewer will attend, such as a trip to Comerica Park in Detroit, a movie or a local mall. For such trips, the bus will pick up passengers at the city’s Community Center, located in the City Hall complex at 20025 Mack Plaza Drive.

Schulte said the new bus replaced two former buses that had been used since 1997. The two buses had a capacity of 16 passengers each and were sold for a total of $5,000.

“(They) were very old and needed to be replaced,” said Grosse Pointe Woods Mayor Robert Novitke, who is happy with the new vehicle. “It was needed.”