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Metro Detroit to get New Year's transit boost with FAST buses

The FAST bus route along Michigan Ave.
The FAST bus route along Michigan Ave.

Three of Metro Detroit’s main traffic corridors are getting new, faster bus service along some main thoroughfares starting New Year’s Day.

The new FAST servicewill be run by the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation, better-known as SMART.

FAST buses will run along Gratiot, Woodward, and Michigan Avenues, connecting downtown Detroit to points in Macomb, Oakland, and Western Wayne counties.

That includes Metro Airport along the Michigan Avenue Line. SMART says that trip should take about an hour total.

SMART says the “high-frequency, limited-stop” FAST promises faster rides and better access to transfer points along the way. Fares are $2, and the lines will run seven days a week.

The new service comes as Metro Detroit tries to beef up its notoriously-bad regional transit to strengthen its bid for Amazon’s second national headquarters.

Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Public in October 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit.
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