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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


Existing Bus routes

Only SMART 24 hours buses on THE Plan routes for best service. Both DDOT and SMART connect in downtown Detroit to fully connect Detroit with the surburbs. Bus routes form a regional system by elimination of duplicated efforts. Creation of transfer points in nearby suburbs in areas of heavy commerce activity such as Northland and Fairlane Malls. ( Pictured Below )


** Wonderland is no longer a mall. This area is now the crossroads for Target, Wal-Mart, Meijer, Home Depot, a nearby SMART park and ride , existing suburban / downtown / airport bus transfer point. There are many new and planned senior citizens housing units in this area. Bus schedules for both SMART and DDOT are included to be fully coordinated in one format with proposed route sharing as described to increase ridership. Traffic signaling using railroad technology is very adaptable in this area which can move buses fast through heavy traffic. This is done by using lane sharing with cars to clear the way for buses. Think of a railroad crossing, then replace the train with a bus. Cars wait for the bus then proceed.

Downtown Detroit streets have few driveways and many alleys which make them easy to convert to bus only streets or with bus only lanes. This will work to create a pedestrian friendly area fully connected to trains, planes, buses and cars.

The building of a central bus terminal complete with bus only roads as above are essential to get SMART and DDOT buses in and out of downtown fast. The bus only roads eliminate bus gridlock during rush hours, festivals, conventions and sporting events and are consistent with moving cars off of I-94 and I-75 thus moving trucks faster and building a much stronger state ecomony. The costs of the downtown Detroit changes are very significant but will pay for themselves in greatly increased bus ridership.

Methods to move buses quickly are essential

Getting in and out of downtown will be as fast as a car and a "no-brainer" with the THE Plan system. Computers do the thinking instead of bus schedules making transit fun again, like nearly a hundred years ago.

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