Wednesday, May 9, 2012

What's all the Buzz at SMART?

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Subject: What's all the Buzz at SMART?

In This Issue
SMART Connector
Detroit's Future

The 2012 Commuter Challenge kicked off on May 1st. This month-long event encourages southeastern Michigan residents to ride the bus, car- or vanpool, bike or walk instead of driving their person vehicles. Every time you chose a green commute, you can win great prizes like Tigers tickets, restaurant gift cards or even a hotel stay. Check out our Facebook page for details!


Tell your friends or first-time riders about SMART's new series of How-To videos. For your friends who have yet to try the bus, let them know there is a general how-to ride the bus and farebox tutorial. For those who want to know, there are also videos on how to use the bike rack and wheelchair lift.  Check it out and see how easy it is to ride SMART!


Tell your co-riders to sign-up for MySMART so they are the first to know about service changes and promotions. They can also get this great newsletter delivered to them.


Thank you for riding SMART!


Welcome to The Commuter, where we'll give you the inside scoop on current happenings at SMART, from service changes to personal experiences from riders. The Commuter (TC) keeps you informed and up-to-date on what's happening in the world of public transit.

Why I made the switch

Riders of SMART are a diverse group. Dawn Serio is a young professional who works in downtown Detroit. She made the switch from driving her car to riding SMART, allowing her more time and less stress in her day.

TC: Why did you decide to take the bus?
Dawn: Once I began to ride the bus I really began to appreciate the ease, convenience, and the nap time it offered me to and from work!  The friendships that have been made have also been a plus.

Connector Bus
Check out the new design!
Part of SMART's fleet of Connector buses have had a  "bus"-lift! The buses were recently re-designed and feature a sassy red swoop for a modern and stylish look.  You may have already spotted one on the road!

Transit in the News
Healthy benefits when you ride!

Riding the bus is good for your health! According to research, public transit promotes physical health and mental health because it encourages walking and reduces stress brought on by driving. And even though your bus stop may only be a block or two, that small walk reaps big benefits.

Detroit's Future
Rapid Bus Transit in the works

A rapid bus transit system (aka BRT) is the goal for southeast Michigan's future, much like Los Angeles' Orange Line BRT. The sleeker, longer buses would travel faster and wouldn't stop as frequently at traffic lights, which are in sync with the routes. And it would improve connections between Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties. While specific details for a southeast Michigan BRT are unknown at this time, keep an eye on for updates!

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