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During peak rush hours, buses will be increased in size and frequency based on computer data. During low demand periods such as 3 am, buses will will be reduced in size down to a small van. The GPS (Global Positioning System), a wide area radio dispatching system and monitoring systems on board for drivers will keep buses evenly spaced apart and continuous as shown in the picture at the top of this page. Conventional schedules used in conjunction with above.

The malls below are all connected with 24 hour bus service. Get to any mall on the map below within minutes. Each mall to have bus only lanes and traffic control for fast in and out service. Avoid holiday parking. Thousands of shoppers and workers will never have to drive to a mall thus reducing heavy traffic congestion around malls. Advanced computer technology will ensure nearly full buses without overcrowding. Going to the mall on the bus will be affordable, not just at the farebox but also in time savings with frequent service. Bus rides will be fun again for everyone, just like in the street car days.

Each mall bus terminal will have a unique theme representating the local area complete with an indoor waiting area, covered boarding area, real-time bus monitors, seating, games and other amenities. Malls will gladly help pay for the needed improvements as these will draw many new customers and the costs will pay for themselves many times over. The new mall bus terminals will be the new central areas for meeting and relaxing. These terminals will have security and lots of people like the transit terminals of the past.

Map of Bus System / Cooperative Schedules   back to top

The coordination of these routes will result in connecting downtown Detroit, MI with it's international airport and the county of Oakland as essential for economic growth with continous frequent bus services. State fuel taxes in conjunction with property taxes is proposed to fund this plan. The complete logistics are included in the proposal for providers to share both times and routes and remain separate. The bus routes will connect the three county governments.

Hours of of service ~ click here 

Hours of service return

6 am - 11:30pm. Every 15 minutes or less depending on demand.
11:30 pm - 6 am and Holidays. Every 30 minutes or less depending on demand. (See Computer Networking)

Bus fares

Tokens sold at stores and other places to be used on SMART/DDOT and other regional transit systems to speed up buses. Also use of electronic cards with validation. Detroit's two public bus systems have integrated their farebox systems without merging. It's this kind of cooperation that works best. Common bus schedules without merging are also best.

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