Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation Southland Center Hub
|Address||23000 Eureka Road, Taylor, MI 48180|
|Routes||125, 160, 275|
|Opening Date||October 1, 1973|
Southland Center is a Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation transit hub located in Taylor, Michigan. It is located in the northeast corner of the Southland Center parking lot, between Pardee and Racho Roads north of Eureka Road. The closest mall entrance to the hub is located 116 feet (35 meters) away and leads into an interior court in front of the JCPenney store.
The hub features a shelter along the south side of the perimeter road that separates the parking lot from the mall building next to one of the mall's truck bays that is served by all buses except northbound 160 buses, which instead drop passengers off into the mall parking lot on the north side of the road, forcing exiting passengers to cross the road itself to access the shelter and mall. Parking is available in the mall parking lot that is located across the road from the shelter.
The shelter itself has an advertisement space that has remained on the same Comcast and AT&T advertisements since CBS Outdoor (which provided advertisements on SMART properties for years) discontinued SMART bus shelter advertisements (which were first introduced in the late 1990's by Outdoor Systems and later continued on through Infinity, Viacom and CBS) in late 2013 (SMART shelter ads were never reinstated by CBS and have yet to be reinstated by Outfront Media). Buses no longer serve a Target store across the parking lot, requiring those who are visiting that store to walk across the parking lot, cross another perimeter road, then walk through Target's parking lot.
Southland Center itself originally opened on July 20, 1970 as the only regional enclosed mall in the Downriver Detroit suburbs, though it initially had no transit service. This changed in 1973, when the Southeastern Michigan Transportation Authority (SEMTA) paid Metropolitan Transit to extend it's Allen Park route south from Goddard Road to the mall and Great Lakes Transit Corporation to add a branch of it's West Jefferson Avenue route, the new branch ran along Eureka Road from Biddle Avenue in Wyandotte west to the mall. Both the extension and the new branch began service on October 1, 1973. At the time, much of the surrounding land consisted almost entirely of parking lots, forests or farm fields, but since then many major retailers opened stores within the vicinity of the mall.
Southland Center serves the following SMART routes:
- 125 Fort Street/Eureka Road (serves shelter in both directions)
- 160 Downriver (northbound trips stop at parking lot, southbound trips stop at shelter)
- 275 Telegraph (serves shelter in both directions)