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Metropark Express - Powered by SMART

Sunday, August 22, 2021/Categories: SMART News, Featured Homepage News

The Huron-Clinton Metroparks and SMART have collaborated to launch a new pilot program – the Metropark Express – Powered By SMART.

The program begins on September 3, 2021, and is the first-ever public transit connection to a Metropark. The Metropark Express will give residents from across the region the option to ride SMART Flex, a new on-demand service, to connect riders to Lake St. Clair Metropark from the Gratiot and 15 Mile bus stop.

  • Metropark Express - Powered by SMART begins on September 3, 2021
  • Service operates 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

The new SMART Flex service is a transit option that uses a mobile app for individuals and groups to schedule a ride on the Metropark Express - powered by SMART to travel the last few miles from Gratiot and 15 Mile to several destinations within the Metropark. The bus stop location is convenient for parkgoers to use the SMART network of fixed routes, including 562 FAST Gratiot, to connect from downtown Detroit and surrounding areas into the park. 

  • Flex fares are $2 per person each way, or free if transferring from a SMART bus route. Reduced fares are also available for seniors (65+), people with disabilities, and youth. 
  • Children 5 and under are free.  
  • Riders will have the added benefit of not being required to pay to enter the park.

Rides to Lake St. Clair Metropark on the Metropark Express will be offered from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between September 3rd, 2021, and September 5th, 2022. To book your ride download the “SMART Flex” app. Metropark Express rides to Lake St. Clair Metropark can also be scheduled by calling 734.212.8429. As a reminder, Federal Law currently requires passengers to wear a mask while riding any SMART service, including Flex


Flex Makes It Easy To Travel As A Group

SMART Flex vans can carry up to five passengers at a time, and wheelchair-accessible vans can be requested. If a reservation is made for a party larger than five, SMART Flex will deploy multiple vehicles to take visitors to the park. Flex vans will allow riders to bring their beach bags and coolers with them as long as they can load the bags themselves, and they can safely fit within their lap or under their seat when riding on SMART fixed routes. Riders will eventually be able to bring bicycles with them as well, utilizing bike racks that SMART is installing on Flex vehicles. 

Similar to other ride services, when booking Metropark Express, the SMART Flex driver’s name, vehicle model, and license plate will be provided for safety reasons. As a reminder, Federal Law currently requires passengers to wear a mask while riding any SMART service, including Flex.


FAQ - How to Ride Metroparks Express

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