Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation timeline 1999-2008

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A timeline of Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation-related events that took place between January 1, 1999 and December 31, 2008.

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Typical SMART vehicles used during this period

1999

  • SMART receives 20 Blue Bird CSRE buses.
  • Infinity Outdoor replaces Outdoor Systems as the advertisement provider on SMART.

2000

June

  • June 12, 2000 - Service in Pontiac is reorganized.

September

  • September 4, 2000 - Route 297 is launched.

2001

  • SMART receives 80 Gillig Low Floor 35' G22B102N4 buses, it's first low-floor buses.
  • Viacom Outdoor replaces Infinity Outdoor as the advertisement provider on SMART.

December

The original appearance of smartbus.org as it appears on the Wayback Machine today.
  • December 28, 2001 - SMART's official website, smartbus.org, launches.

2002

February

  • February 4, 2002 - Winter service changes take effect:
    • Routes 240 and 260 are discontinued, replaced by additional trips on 185 and 265.

May

  • May 1, 2002 - The 31-Day and Value Passes are introduced.
  • May 20, 2002 - Spring service changes take effect:
    • Routes 165, 486, 488, 498 and 540 are discontinued.
    • Route 160 is launched.
    • Saturday 110 service into Southgate is replaced by a Saturday-only extension to 185.
    • Routes 510 and 560 receive 20-minute midday headways, with alternating trips operating to Shelby Plaza and New Baltimore respectively.

2003

2004

  • SMART's primary phone number converts to toll-free, replacing the previous 313 area code with an 866 area code. The last seven digits remain 962-5515.

February

The February 2004 redesign of smartbus.org as seen in August 2010.
  • February 2004 - For the first time since it's launch, the SMART website is completely redesigned. This design was used until 2011.

May

  • May 2004 - SMART begins installing bike racks on all buses.

September

  • September 2004 - SMART's fleet becomes an all-Gillig Low Floor fleet after the last remaining high-floor buses are retired.

2005

2006

January

  • January 2006 - CBS Outdoor replaces Viacom Outdoor as the advertisement provider on SMART.

May

  • May 2006 - DARTA is officially dissolved following a Michigan Supreme Court ruling.

November

  • November 27, 2006 - Fall service changes take effect, which include the discontinuation of service within the city of Livonia, which opted out of SMART:
    • Routes 285, 295, 297, 315, 410, 810 and 820 are discontinued.
    • Routes 280, 330, 385 and 805 are launched.
    • Route 125 begins serving the McNamara Terminal at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Alternating trips serve either the McNamara Terminal or the Smith Terminal. Later evening service on all days and earlier Sunday service are also added.
    • Routes 415 and 420 are rerouted to serve downtown Detroit along the former route of 410, thus discontinuing service to Greenfield and Joy Roads.
    • Sunday service is launched on routes 415, 420 and 740.

2007

September

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2008

References

  1. Motor Coach Age October-December 2003 edition
  2. Discuss Detroit: New Route Changes for SMART bus system.
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Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation logo.jpg
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