Riders can try service for free Jan. 1-15
Dearborn residents have a faster, more reliable way to travel not only to downtown Detroit and Metro Airport but also to stops along Michigan Avenue, thanks to a new service offered by SMART.
SMART’s new Frequent Affordable Safe Transit (FAST) bus lines, including along Michigan Avenue with six stops in Dearborn, start Jan. 1.
Customers can try them for free from Jan. 1-15. After the two week introductory offer, fares will reflect SMART’s regular service rate of $2 one-way, with transfers costing 25 cents.
FAST is the new high frequency, limited-stop bus service connecting the suburbs to downtown Detroit and a direct connection to Metro Airport. This is the first time the buses have connected to the airport.
The Dearborn stops on Michigan Avenue are Outer Drive, Mason Street, the John Dingell Transit Center at Elm Street, Greenfield Road, Schaefer Road, and Wyoming Avenue.
The new service will be available seven days a week. FAST buses along Michigan Avenue will run every 30 minutes from 5 a.m. to midnight.
The other two FAST bus lines are FAST Gratiot and FAST Woodward.
All FAST buses will be easily distinguished from the current fleet of SMART buses by their red, blue and green colors with the FAST logo prominently displayed. Free WiFi will also be available aboard FAST buses.
While limited-stop service is not new to SMART or transit, higher frequency combined with stops located at about every mile translates to a quicker commute.
Riders are only able to board and deboard at the official FAST stations designated with a new FAST sign. Local routes can be used to transfer riders to a FAST station or in-between bus stops.
SMART Customer Service representatives will be on-hand to answer questions at 866-962-5515. Customer Service resumed its regular weekday hours on Tuesday, Jan. 2 from 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Additional information about SMART and FAST routes and schedules can be found at www.smartbus.org.