Detroit continues to improve its bus system, and today the city announced a new name for popular routes, a new logo, and Wi-Fi on some of the buses.
ConnectTen—the ten most popular routes in the city—will add over 500 trips in the city per week, mainly at peak times. These times will be from 6-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. on weekdays, at 15 minute frequencies.
The changes—including 24-hour routes on West Vernor and Greenfield—take effect September 1.
The whole system is in the process of improving and rebranding, which includes the new look of the buses and Wi-Fi on ConnectTen buses by the end of September.
DDOT will also continue its partnership with Lyft that started earlier this year. According to the city, “Customers will now receive a $7 Lyft ride credit for rides to or from any ConnectTen route, outside of the downtown area, between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., Monday through Friday.”
This partnership aims to help customers get from that last or first mile from the bus stop late at night.
ConnectTen routes will also be renumbered 1-10.
DDOT and SMART announced plans that will make transfers easier between the city and suburban bus systems.
Starting May 1, a single $2 fare and be good for up to four hours of unlimited riding. For $5 you can ride for 24 hours. Transfers fees will be eliminated completely. Rolling seven- and 31-day passes will also be available.