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Monday, October 9, 2017/Categories: Public Notices, Featured Homepage News

As the regional bus provider for southeast Michigan, SMART is committed to improve service to better meet the needs of the residents of southeast Michigan. 

SMART criteria for service development: 

  • Frequent – Increase frequency so riders have freedom and flexibility of using the service, connecting to other routes and maintain or improve local bus service
  • Affordable – Maintain rider fares, the existing millage rate and continue to invest in needed capital projects without additional funding
  • Safe – Add shelter improvements, amenities and technology to improve safety and security
  • Sustainable – participate in the development and growth of new technology and connect our enhanced services with all mobility options; nurture partnerships with various mobility groups including, but not limited to: LYFT, UBER, SPLT, MOGO Bike Share, Ford Mobility, MDOT, etc.

Proposed New Service

As part of our commitment to regional mobility, SMART is proposing a new, high frequency, limited stop service in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties for better access to jobs, school, medical facilities, higher education, and entertainment destinations.  

What we’re working on so far:

  • New regional service along Gratiot, Woodward, and Michigan Avenues
  • High frequency service all day (15 to 30 minutes)
  • Lower frequencies during late-night/early-morning hours
  • Limited stops (approximately every 1 to 2 miles) for quicker trips
  • Ride the service 7 days per week
  • SMART will host public hearings in November to get input from residents
  • Happy New Year!  Service targeted to begin Monday, January 1, 2018 

More information will be coming soon!

Any comments, suggestions or questions can be emailed to:  publichearing@smartbus.org

Technology Improvements

SMART will invest in technology to improve the customer experience by:

  • Providing onboard Wi-Fi service
  • Equipping buses with the latest connected vehicle technology systems to communicate with other connected vehicles and intersections  

Funding

SMART maintains a balanced budget and has been a good steward of taxpayer dollars. 

  • New service and corresponding improvements without additional funding.
  • As promised during the millage election in 2014, SMART has nearly completed its purchase of new vehicles to replace its aging fleet. 
  • The last group buses will be ordered by the end of 2017. 
  • With the completion of the new bus purchases, SMART is able to free up dollars needed to invest in improved service and continue investments in needed capital projects. 
  • All amenities are funded with Grant dollars.
  • Cost of the service improvements are proportionally balanced based on the millage collections from each County, as required. 

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