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What is a transfer and how do I use it?

You can purchase a transfer from the bus driver when paying for your regular fare. A transfer is a paper document that allows passengers to transfer between SMART buses and connections from DDOT to SMART (and vice versa). SMART fareboxes issue three different transfers: full fare, senior/disabled and youth.

  • Full fare transfers allow passengers to transfer to a SMART bus within three (3) hours from the time the transfer is issued. Reverse riding on the route from which the transfer was originally issued is not permitted (Same route, different direction (SRDD) policy).
  • Senior/Disabled and Youth transfers allow passengers to transfer between SMART Fixed Route buses without limitation within three (3) hours from when the transfer is issued.

What is limited / express?

A limited / express bus does not service every bus stop along the route, only certain stops. Limited buses will pick-up or drop-off at stops with a LTD sign (approximately every half mile). Express buses will pick up along a designated route, then once it reaches the Detroit city limits, the bus expresses into downtown Detroit.

I work in an area where there is limited or no Fixed Route Service?

In some areas, SMART offers Shuttles to take you from the bus to the front door of your job. Some passengers in this situation bus and bike to their destination. All SMART Fixed Route Buses are equipped with bike racks.

Do you provide bus service to/from Metro Airport?

Yes, Routes 125 (Fort Street) and Route 280 (Middlebelt South) provide service to/from Detroit Metropolitan Airport. For a listing of pick-up times and stops, click on the schedules tab.

What is a Fixed Route bus service?

SMART's Fixed Route Service is large bus service with specific numbered routes that remain intact. The routes have scheduled times that are also fixed for pick-up and drop-off along designated routes.

Where can I find information about route changes?

Information can be found on the home page under Service Bulletins on the right hand side of the page. You can also find information under the About tab and then click on Service Bulletins. Sign up with MySMART and have route updates sent directly to your e-mail.