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Suburban Malls


Existing Bus Routes

Passenger Rail/BRT

Shuttle Buses

Park and Ride

Tourist Attractions

Bus Information

Global Positioning Sys.

Intelligent Transp.

Bus only lanes

Computer Networking

All metro area transit computers linked together by existing and dedicated telephone lines to interact with each other. Internet access links metro Detroit transportation systems to the world. Accidents, road conditions, construction updated in real time. Bus, train, airplane, private industry, the people mover schedules all linked together. GPS moving buses displayed on screens provide more efficient use of time. Handheld computers by bus riders provides information on arrivals.

What do smart buses do?

What does that mean for you?

  • Provide computerized vehicle performance data to predict maintenance needs and reduce the number of unexpected breakdowns
  • More dependable bus service
  • Longer vehicle life and reduced maintenance costs for efficient use of tax dollars
  • Speed bus trips along major transportation corridors using an enhanced traffic signal priority system that engages only when needed to maintain schedules
  • Faster bus trips
  • Improved on-time performance
  • Impact on other vehicles at traffic signals is minimized
  • Improve information provided to riders
  • Automatically announce the next stop and display this information on a sign inside the bus
  • Provide larger, brighter information signs outside the bus
  • Accurate bus information
  • Consistent, reliable timing of announcements and displayed information
  • Better service for the hearing- and visually-impaired that meets Federal standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Automatically count passengers to provide timely, accurate rider and trip information for more effective transportation planning
  • Ensures that future transportation services are provided when and where they are needed most

Operating Costs

By increasing the farebox to revenue ratio along core routes to nearly support themselves with able-bodied passengers and tax support for the disabled, funding is freed up for other routes. Transit taxes are best used in cooperative ways that benefit the the public as a whole. The Suburban Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) and the Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) need to cooperate and provide coordinated transportation by implementing "The Plan..." becuase transportation funds are limited.

The protection of the state fuel tax and related policies to support the disabled needs your vote.

Click Here ~ to sign The Petition on the Homepage. This action or better is needed to be taken first before regional transit taxes can work in Michigan.

Multiple tax mechanisms were proposed to support SMART and mass transit.

24 hour 7 day State funded SMART bus service did not make the list of transportation improvement projects (TIP) from the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) to provide the city of Detroit and nearby suburbs with more industry investments and job growth. Instead property taxes replaced state funding which resulted in the Livonia public bus reductions.

These plans were submitted to SEMCOG and demonstrated to work in June 2003.

  • Click Here ~ Please copy and post to protect existing mass transit
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