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On Aug. 7, Vote ‘Yes’ To Support SMART Bus Service

The Detroit region already squandered the latest, best opportunity to invest in our region and sharpen our economic competitiveness, thanks to the intransigence of Oakland and Macomb Counties in stonewalling the latest Regional Transit Authority plan. The refusal of Oakland and Macomb representatives to simply approve putting the proposal before voters this year means we’ll likely have to wait at least two more years to try and resurrect the issue yet again after voters narrowly rejected a sim...

SMART Releases Proposed Downtown Stops For New Regional Corridor Routes

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with a new map from SMART as of Nov. 11, 2017. Recently, the suburban bus system (The Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation or SMART) unveiled a new set of three routes up Woodward, Gratiot, and Michigan avenues with stops every mile or so, Wi-Fi and service lead times as little as every 15 minutes and service 24 hours. The routes would run from downtown Detroit to Metro Airport via Michigan, to 23 Mile in Chesterfield Township down...

I'm Riding The New RefleX Bus To Work. Here's What It's Like.

I’ve spent the past couple days riding the new RefleX bus, a limited-stop, express bus service between the suburbs and downtown Detroit, and I’m here to tell you: The Duran Duran song by the same name totally keeps popping into my head. Also, the three-year pilot program is a welcome new transportation service. The RefleX (fle-fle-fle-fle-flex) is a new service from the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan that provides service between the suburbs and central business district se...

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