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.


  • Detroit DOT buses provide local bus service throughout the City of Detroit and to a few neighboring cities
  • Contracts MetroLift door-to-door paratransit for seniors and people with disabilities
  • Provides nearly 100,000 rides a day, many to people with no other option
  • A department of the City of Detroit, paid for with Detroit general fund dollars
  • Visit the DDOT bus website here


  • 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 nearly 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
  • Visit the SMART bus website here

Q Line LogoQLINE 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
  • Visit the QLINE website here

Detroit People Mover 

  • A 2.9 mile automated, elevated rail service looping through 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
  • Visit the People Mover website here

Southeast Michigan is also served by:

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