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  1. SMART could see its biggest expansion in decades as Oakland County voters have approved a countywide millage for the first time. Millage renewals also passed in Macomb County and in opt-in Wayne County suburbs. https://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/elections/2022/11/09/oakland-county-regional-transit-millage/69627039007/
  2. The Tunnel Bus may resume service as soon as next month. https://windsor.ctvnews.ca/windsor-detroit-tunnel-bus-service-expected-to-resume-if-border-restrictions-lift-1.6077532
  3. Ahead of a potential freight railroad strike, Amtrak has suspended service on all long-distance routes, and it's possible all routes outside the Northeast Corridor will be impacted. https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/amtrak-cancels-all-long-distance-service-nationwide-over-looming-rail-strike/3865423/
  4. The meeting is taking place right now and in addition to the proposed logo, they also proposed a new website URL (smartmovesus.org) and new liveries to go with it: In the end, however, the logo change has been dropped. Additionally, new TV ads have been completed and will hit the airwaves next week.
  5. Page 18 of the book for this month's board of directors meeting reveals that SMART is proposing a logo change to the following: I personally think the current logo is fine as it is.
  6. If the Tunnel Bus does get a number under these guidelines, hopefully it shouldn't be numbered 610, 615, 620, and 635, as these numbers are already in use by SMART routes across the river (and thus create conversations like "I'm gonna take the 615 to the 31 to the 615").
  7. Looks like two Detroit People Mover stations were renamed after its recent reopening from a COVID-related closure: https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php/Detroit_Transportation_Corporation_Convention_Center_Station to Detroit Transportation Corporation Huntington Place Station https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php/Detroit_Transportation_Corporation_Joe_Louis_Arena_Station to Detroit Transportation Corporation West Riverfront Station
  8. A judge in Oakland County has ruled that Auburn Hills must stay in SMART, throwing a wrench in the city's plans to opt out. https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/oakland/2022/05/18/auburn-hills-smart-bus-millage/9810236002/
  9. Despite public opposition, Auburn Hills has officially resolved to opt out of SMART.
  10. Auburn Hills may be opting out of SMART, replacing it with a seniors- and people-with-disabilities-only system, despite overwhelming approval for SMART among the city's residents, with 74% voting for renewal in 2018. An opt-out would also sever the Flint MTA connection that exists at Great Lakes Crossing. https://wdet.org/2022/02/18/auburn-hills-to-vote-on-whether-to-opt-out-of-smart/
  11. The Tunnel Bus fare will double once it resumes service. https://www.iheartradio.ca/am800/news/tunnel-bus-fare-doubling-when-service-resumes-1.16570202
  12. As of November 15th, DDOT has modified service due to driver shortages. The 11, 26 and 47 have been suspended, along with parts of the 38 and 43. Other routes are operating on reduced schedules.
  13. 4001 was one of several SMART artics that were in service today. Since last month, a few more SMART artics have gone into service, including 4016-4019, which can be seen on Macomb routes. Interior photos of these artics:
  14. https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php/File:Suburban_Mobility_Authority_for_Regional_Transportation_4001-a.jpg SMART 4001, a 2021 New Flyer XD60, is seen here operating route 261 FAST Michigan in downtown Detroit on August 18, 2021. SMART is placing 23 XD60s into service as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing ridership.
  15. Likely because CBSA isn't letting Canadian visitors into the US by land yet, and since this is a Canadian transit agency...
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