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New Limited-Stop Service

Friday, December 15, 2017/Categories: SMART News

NEW limited-stop service…It’s a game changer!

On January 1st, SMART will introduce a new level of bus service on Gratiot, Woodward and Michigan that will change the way you think about getting around town! We are adding a high frequency, limited-stop service that connects the suburbs to the city.  With service on weekdays, nights and weekends, getting to the places you live, work and play around the region are more easily reached.

What is limited-stop service?  SMART’s limited-stop service means fewer stops spaced one mile or more. Riders may board and deboard at the identified limited-stop bus stations for a faster ride while maintaining access to key destinations and transfer points.  

The new limited-stop buses will also be easily recognized with a unique look. They are sleek and SMART, each is equipped with WiFi, with the same low fare as SMART’s regular fixed route service. 

What to Expect:
·         Higher frequency service provides more reliable, convenient bus service to the places you
          want to go and all the places in-between…Metro Airport, Dearborn, Pontiac, Somerset,
          Chesterfield Township and Mt. Clemens 
·         Operates weekdays, nights and weekends
·         Easily recognizable buses with their ‘own’ unique look – different from SMART’s current fleet
·         Equipped with FREE WiFi
·         Clearly identified limited-stop bus stations
·         Using the existing SMART network of routes transferring to nearby limited-stop bus stations
          is convenient and easy.
·         Same low $2.00 one-way fare.  Only 25 cents for a transfer.

Transferring:
·         New limited-stop buses will only stop at official limited-stop bus stations (signage will be
          at all official stops). If you need to get to an official stop, SMART and DDOT have many
          routes within each corridor you can transfer to or from.
·         For example, if you are traveling northbound on Woodward from 9 ½ Mile, Routes
          450 or 460 will connect you to the nearest limited-stop bus station at the Detroit Zoo.
·         Transfer costs 25 cents. 
Limited-stop service schedules 

Each limited-stop route map includes a list of all official bus stations for your convenience.

Gratiot 

Gratiot limited-stop service runs from either Chesterfield (Route 563) or from North River Park and Ride (Route 561) to Downtown Detroit.  There are also trips from North River Park and Ride to Mid-town (Route 562).  The new Gratiot service mirrors the same stops as the Route 598/599, with additional stops at 10 Mile, 13 Mile, Metro Parkway, Hall Road, 22 and 23 Mile Roads.
View the Limited-Stop Gratiot Map  

Woodward 

Woodward limited-stop service runs from Pontiac (Route 462) or Troy (Route 461) to Midtown as well as Downtown Detroit. The new Woodward service mirrors the same stops as the Route 498, with additional stops at the Detroit Zoo, 12 Mile, 14 Mile, Troy Civic Center, St. Joseph Hospital and Phoenix Center. 
View the Limited-Stop Woodward Map

Michigan 

Michigan limited-stop service, for the first time, provides a direct connection from Detroit Metropolitan Airport to Downtown Detroit, seven days a week.  Both airport terminals, as well as the Dearborn Transit Center, are served with each trip. 
View the Limited-Stop Michigan Map

Downtown 

All the new limited-stop routes meet downtown with stops in the Central Business District and near the entertainment district.  Now you can to get close to the places you want to go and connect with the regions network of routes and other mobility options. 
View the Downtown Map

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