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Fri May 1, 2015, 09:37 AM

Detroit-area transit agencies consider single fare card

(Detroit Free Press) Imagine grabbing a DDOT or SMART bus and paying with a plastic card that you just used to ride the People Mover and M-1 Rail.

Later, you head to Ann Arbor and use the same plastic card to ride the bus there.

Or maybe you just used a credit card or smartphone app to do the same thing.

A study is under way to transform how the four transit agencies under the umbrella of the Regional Transportation Authority of Southeast Michigan DDOT, SMART, Detroit People Mover and the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority collect fares and how updating technology would make transferring from one system to another seamless.


The M-1 Rail streetcar line under construction on Woodward Avenue is not technically part of the RTA but has been participating in the discussions on the study, which began last year and is expected to be completed in June. M-1 Rail is expected to be ready for operation as early as late 2016. ...................(more)


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JustABozoOnThisBus May 2015 #1

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Sat May 2, 2015, 12:56 PM

1. This would be more convenient for regular riders

Another improvement would stop communities from opting out of SMART. There are some big areas that are inaccessible by public transport.

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