Let’s create a better transit system.

Efficient, accessible, and affordable public transit is essential to a growing and successful region. SMART is teaming up with AECOM to create a plan that will improve all aspects of the current SMART transit system.

SMART Path is an intensive, year-long study that will identify, analyze, and prioritize a series of transit improvements that will help create a more efficient bus system in Metro Detroit. The project will look for ways to:

  • improve the efficiency of the transit system,
  • increase accessibility throughout the Detroit metro region,
  • and determine improvements the public would like see for the system.

This study will include a thorough analysis of SMART’s transit services including a focus on rider’s needs. The objective is to create the best possible transit network for SMART riders within SMART’s available budget. SMART Path will help maximize the impact of taxpayer funding for transit by gaining better knowledge of our riders, improve efficiency, and direct transit improvements where they are most needed.


The Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) – established as SEMTA in 1967, reorganized and renamed SMART in 1989 – is Southeast Michigan’s only regional bus system helping people connect to work, school, medical appointments, shopping centers, entertainment, and cultural events. SMART provides different types of transit services, each meeting a different need and giving residents the opportunity to get where they need to go. The mission of SMART is to provide the southeast Michigan region with high-quality, safe and cost-effective public transit that meets the needs of all its citizens, including seniors, people with disabilities, choice riders and those that are dependent upon public transit.

SMART currently serves various communities throughout Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. SMART runs 48 fixed routes that connect popular community destinations such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Zoo, Henry Ford Medical Center, the Detroit Metro Airport (DTW), Wayne State University, and many more destinations.