SMART offering free rides on new FAST service in metro Detroit


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Metro Detroit travelers curious about SMART's new FAST service will have a chance to test it out next month — free rides are being offered during the first two weeks of January.

FAST ("Frequent Affordable Safe Transit") is SMART's first major change in more than 20 years, offering high-frequency, limited-stop routes along Woodward, Gratiot, and Michigan Avenues. The Woodward route extends from Pontiac (route 461) or Troy (route 462) to downtown Detroit. The Michigan route offers a direct connection from downtown Detroit to both terminals at Metro Airport and the Dearborn Transit Center. The Gratiot route runs from Chesterfield (route 563) or from North River Park and Ride (route 561) to downtown Detroit or Midtown (route 562).

"We are pleased to offer to the residents of the region a great new bus service that will help connect people from the suburbs to the city easily and conveniently," SMART General Manager John C. Hertel says in a release. "This is a great opportunity for residents to give the new FAST service a try whether they are traveling to the airport, going to downtown, or to work."

The FAST buses are distinguished from regular SMART buses with a red, blue, and green graphic wrap. The service only stops at official FAST stops, designated with a FAST sign. Fare is $2 one-way, and transfers are 25 cents.

The buses also offer free Wifi, and SMART will add new bus stop shelters for the service in 2018, according to the release.

The free rides are available from Jan. 1-15. More information on the service is available at

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