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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...

SMART Gets Smart, Spends $34.6 Million On 80 New Buses

Some good news for public transportation users as SMART, the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transit, announced that it will spend $34.6 million on 80 new 40-foot buses. The upgrade is the next significant move by SMART, who has already put 61 new propane-fueled paratransit Connector buses into action this year. The purchase comes as a result of last year’s election, where 66 percent of voters approved a tax increase to help SMART upgrade 135 vehicles through a four-year operating i...

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