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SMART Fast Launched

Started by MattBOnboardBus2100, January 02, 2018, 09:07:00 pm

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January 02, 2018, 09:07:00 pm Last Edit: January 02, 2018, 09:12:55 pm by MattBOnboardBus2100
Yesterday marked the debut for SMART's Fast service. The primary goal is to provide quality limited-stop service along Gratiot, Woodward and Michigan Avenues, connecting Oakland and Macomb Counties to downtown Detroit and downtown Detroit to Detroit Metro Airport. The Woodward line has branches to Pontiac and Troy, while the Gratiot line has branches to Mount Clemens and Chesterfield, and has an additional peak-hours-only branch from Midtown Detroit to Mount Clemens.

For example, specially branded Fast buses cut the travel time between downtown Detroit and Metro Airport to one hour running from 5 AM to 1 AM seven days a week, while SMART route 125 normally takes at least 80 minutes to make a trip between those two same destinations and only enters downtown Detroit during peak hours on weekdays, and would require a transfer to DDOT route 19 at Fort Street and Outer Drive at all other times.

On weekdays, the Woodward and Gratiot lines run at approximately 15-minute headways, while the Michigan line runs at approximately 30-minute headways. Service is free until January 15th.

Other features of Fast include the same $2.00 fare as conventional SMART service, along with free Wi-Fi. Station shelters should be in place by the end of this year.

Additional information and maps can be found at this live link: https://www.smartbus.org/About/News/ArtMID/707/ArticleID/271/SMART-Unveils-New-Service

(Photo courtesy Curbed Detroit)

Video from WXYZ-TV Channel 7:

And finally, an OMSI rendering for those interested in OMSI stuff:

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