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Detroit Area Transit Services

Far from what some people claim that Detroit has no transit, the Detroit region has several transit agencies that provide over 120,000 rides each day.

DDOTDetroit DOT Department of Transportation bus system

  • Detroit DOT buses provide local bus service within the City of Detroit and to some neighboring cities
  • Contracts provision of door-to-door paratransit for seniors and people with disabilities
  • Provides 100,000 rides a day, many to people who have no other options
  • A department of the City of Detroit, paid for with Detroit general fund dollars


  • SMART Logo (new)SMART buses provide local and cross-county bus service in the suburbs of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties, plus commuter service into Detroit
  • Provides door-to-door paratransit for seniors and people with disabilities
  • Provides 30,000 rides a day to commuters, seniors, and people without other options
  • Paid for by a 1 mil property tax voted for and paid for by member communities

Detroit QLine Tram TrolleyM-1 Rail QLINE Streetcar 

  • Modern streetcar service along 3.3 miles of Woodward Avenue through downtown and midtown Detroit
  • Developed by private M-1 Rail and funded mostly through donations from corporations and foundations and federal grants
  • Three-hour passes for unlimited rides are $1.50; all-day passes are $3; senior discounts and monthly and annual passes are available

Detroit People Mover Detroit PeopleMover

  • A 2.9 mile automated, elevated rail service looping throughout downtown Detroit
  • Run by the Detroit Transportation Corporation, a public corporation of the City of Detroit
  • Especially popular with tourists, convention visitors, and sports fans

Southeast Michigan is also served by:

The Michigan Regional Transit Authority oversees all area transit service and will be seeking to improve coordination and to expand transit in the coming years.






Regional Transit Update: A Success, Some Progress, but More Delays

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The battle for regional transit in southeast Michigan has been quite a roller coaster this spring, and this week more than most! Here's a recap: 1) Success at the Oakland County Commission:  A bi-partisan majority of the Oakland County Commission signed on in support of letting the people decide o[...]
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Act now to demand regional leaders Let The People Vote!

Should two men be able to veto transit for 4 million people? That’s what Oakland County Exec Brooks Patterson and Macomb County Exec Mark Hackel are trying to do. They say that voters in their counties don’t want expanded regional transit, that SMART provides everything they need, and that the RTA [...]