On Monday commuters in Detroit will have more to celebrate than just the first day of the new year.
The Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) released their plans for a direct connection to the Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) that will for the first time connect the suburbs of Detroit to Downtown Detroit.
The three new FAST routes, which is an acronym for Frequent Affordable Safe Transit, will make its first run on January 1, 2018. The airport route will be providing direct service to the McNamara and North terminals at the airport. The Woodward route will service Pontiac and Troy, four hospitals, the Detroit Zoo, Midtown and Downtown while the Gratiot route will provide service to 23 Mile, Mt. Clemens, Macomb Mall, Midtown, Eastern Market and Downtown.
The FAST Gratiot and Woodward routes will run about every 15 to 20 minutes from 5 am to 1 am daily. Riders can only board and un-board at official stops which will be stationed every mile.
A one-way fare is at the same cost as the traditional routes at $2. So that more people can take advantage of the new FAST service SMART is offering free fare on the new routes from Jan. 1-15.
For more information on all the new routes and schedules please click here.