Great Lakes Crossing Transportation Center

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Great Lakes Crossing Transportation Center
Address Baldwin Road & I-75, Auburn Hills, MI 48326
Routes 753
Opening Date November 9, 1998 (initial stops)
September 14, 2015 (current location)
November 23, 2016 (current hub)

The Great Lakes Crossing Transportation Center is a transit hub serving SMART and the Flint MTA located in Auburn Hills, MI. It is located along a perimeter road separating two parking lots on the northwest corner of Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, nearest to the Baldwin Road interchange on Interstate 75. The nearest entry point into the mall is Entry 1, leading into a court dominated by Saks Off 5th and Bed, Bath & Beyond stores and from which two mall corridors split off, one forming District 1 and the other forming District 2.

The hub consists of a single bus bay which features a small shelter. Parking is available in the adjacent parking lots. There are currently no nearby locations from which SMART passes can be bought (although, until 2011, they were sold at a Comerica Bank branch across I-75, which to access from the hub required a long walk from the hub nearly a thousand feet west to Baldwin Road, north two thousand feet across I-75 to Brown Road, east over a thousand feet to a driveway servicing the bank and several other commercial establishments (the last intersection to the south before Brown Road ascends a large hill), then 700 feet along the driveway into the bank).

Great Lakes Crossing was the first hub to be established by SMART, all prior hubs were inherited from it's predecessors or built and shared with the Detroit Department of Transportation. It is also the northernmost hub served by SMART and one of the southernmost destinations served by the Flint MTA (it's southernmost destination is Brighton, MI).

History

Construction on Great Lakes Crossing began in April 1997 (although shopping developments had previously been planned for the site as far back as 1986), and it was poised to become a major outlet/entertainment destination. This was pointed out by SMART, who, on November 9, 1998, four days before the mall itself opened on November 12, extended it's route 753 north past the Pontiac city limits to three stops that were established; at entries 2, serving TJMaxx and Neiman Marcus Last Call; 4, serving Marshalls and then-Forever 21 (space now occupied by Lord & Taylor Outlet); and 6, serving what were at the time a Jeepers amusement center and an American Bandstand restaurant (now Legoland Discovery Center Michigan and Bar Louie respectively) and also close to a 25-screen movie theater then operated by Star Theaters (which is now part of AMC Theaters).

Within a year of the opening, the rural land that surrounded Great Lakes Crossing when it opened was quickly giving way to many stores, prompting SMART to further extend route 753 to serve those stores in September 2000. It wasn't long before the Flint MTA also recognized this major destination, and began a regional route service on September 4, 2000 that served the Entry 6 stop. On May 1, 2010, SMART discontinued service to entry 6, leaving the MTA to solely serve it. On September 14, 2015, the three separate stops were consolidated into a single stop shared by SMART and MTA at Entry 1. A permanent stop was subsequently established on November 23, 2016.

Routes

Great Lakes Crossing serves two routes sharing the same bay:

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Vehicles
Diesel Low Floor 3019-3020, 3601-3659, 3701-3780, 3801-3840, 3901-39xx, 6001-6039, 23301-23357
Hybrid Low Floor 3003-3005, 3006-3008, 3009-3018
Hybrid LF Articulated 3001-3002
Former 2101-2140, 9001-9033, 9201-9223, 9224-9225, 9301-9367, 9368-9369, 9370-9393, 9401-9423, 9501-9532, 9901-9920, 22301-22348, 22416-22460, 22349-22415, 95300-95384
Support Fleet Various numbers
Routes
FAST 261, 461 & 462, 561, 562, & 563
Main Corridor Routes 125, 200, 450, 460, 510, 560, 610
Community Routes 160, 280, 400, 415, 420, 430, 494, 495, 550, 567, 615, 752, 753, 756
Crosstown Routes 140, 250, 275, 330, 405, 710, 730, 740, 760, 780
Commuter Routes 255, 445, 465, 515, 530, 580, 620, 635
Park & Ride Routes 805, 830, 849, 851
School Routes 566
Seasonal Routes Woodward Dream Cruise
Former Regular Routes 110, 130, 135, 145, 150, 165, 185, 190, 201, 202, 240, 245, 260, 265, 285, 295, 297, 305, 315, 385, 410, 435, 440, 470, 475, 486, 488, 498, 499, 525, 540, 559, 565, 598 & 599, 625, 630, 750, 751, 754, 755, 757, 758, Gateway Express, Pistons Express
Former School Routes 112, 196, 203, 209
Former Park & Ride Routes 810 & 820, 835, 865
1994-95 Detroit Routes 25, 37
Facilities
Passenger Downtown Detroit, Fairlane Town Center Hub, Great Lakes Crossing Transportation Center, John D. Dingell Transit Center, Lakeside Mall Hub, Macomb Mall Hub, Northland Center Hub, OCC Orchard Ridge Campus Hub, Oakland Mall Hub, Phoenix Center Hub, Royal Oak Transit Center, Rosa Parks Transit Center, State Fairgrounds Transit Center, Somerset Collection South Hub, Southland Center Hub, Troy Transit Center, Park & ride locations
Non-Passenger Macomb Terminal, Oakland Terminal, Wayne Terminal
Bus Stops 1-9999, 10000-19999, 20000-20999, 21000-21999, 22000-22999, 23000-23999
Timelines
History 1989-1998, 1999-2008, 2009-2018, 2019-present
Southeast Michigan and Far Southwest Ontario Agencies
Ann Arbor
Port Huron
Chatham-Kent
Detroit bus
Detroit People Mover
Monroe
Leamington
Detroit M-1 Rail
Detroit M-1 Rail
RTA
Sarnia
Detroit suburbs
Tecumseh
Windsor
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Current Vehicles
Blue Bird CSRE 2142-2160, 2161-2168
Blue Bird TC/2000 2110-2127
ElDorado Axess BRT FC 1207
Gillig Low Floor 1216-1218
Gillig Low Floor CNG 1219-1250
MCI 102-DL3 1182, 1183
MCI D4500CT 1184-1188, 1208-1215
New Flyer D40LF 1129-1178
New Flyer XDE40 1191-1200, 1201-1206
Van Hool A300L FC 1190
Cutaway 1180-1181, 1189
Current Routes
Primary 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Other Routes Peak Services, Regional Routes