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New payment system to make boarding SMART, DDOT buses hassle-free

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Posted at 3:58 PM, Apr 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-17 15:58:36-04

(WXYZ) — Riding metro Detroit's bus system just got a little more rider-friendly.

SMART and DDOT announced a new unified payment system Wednesday that will "make taking transit more seamless in the region for riders."

Officials say the new Dart system will launch May 1. Dart passes will be available in 4-hour, 24-hour, 7-day and 31-day increments.

Customers will be able to use them interchangeably on SMART and DDOT buses, eliminating transfers and streamlining the number of fare options between the two systems.

Under the new system, riders can purchase any of the below Dart passes:

  • A 4-hour regional Dart pass with unlimited transfers between DDOT and SMART for $2, with a reduced fare price of 50 cents for qualified riders.
  • A 24-hour regional Dart pass with unlimited transfers between DDOT and SMART for $5, with a reduced price of $2.
  • A 7-day regional Dart pass for $22, with a reduced price of $10.
  • A 31-day regional Dart pass, good for unlimited rides on both systems, for $70, with a reduced price of $29. The 31-day pass will also feature a tap to pay option for easier boarding.

Reduced fare options will be available for seniors, people with disabilities, Medicare Cardholders, and youth.

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