How to Use the SMART Bus During Dream Cruise (to Avoid it or Enjoy it)

How to Use the SMART Bus During Dream Cruise (to Avoid it or Enjoy it)

(SMART, Aug 17, 2018)

Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Huntington Woods, Royal Oak, Berkley, Birmingham, Troy, Bloomfield Twp, and Pontiac, MI- After a 10 year hiatus, the SMART Shuttle is once again offering rides to everyone attending the Woodward Dream Cruise, presented by Ford! “It’s exciting to see us come back,” said veteran SMART driver, Giselle, “Because our passengers keep asking!” Many of our riders and drivers have fond memories from years past when SMART was a regular sponsor.

Riding SMART buses along the route gives participants a different perspective of the cars, as passengers can enjoy views of the cruise perched in one of SMART’s new buses. You not only get a different view of the event, riders are almost part of the flow, while getting a break from the heat in an air conditioned bus. The SMART Shuttle is FREE and riders can board at any SMART RED or FAST bus stop from 8 Mile Road to Pontiac. The Shuttle will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 18th.

“Riding the bus you’re able to get off when you like, you are able to get back on, and service is provided all day,” said Giselle. “Some people may not ever think to ride the bus, but they will ride the bus for the first time during the Dream Cruise. The shuttle allows people to easily and comfortably get from the Fairgrounds to Pontiac and see the entire event, from beginning to end.” All buses are air conditioned and wheelchair accessible.

Many of our Shuttle riders will remember when they were able to enjoy the cruise from the comfort of their seats. For others, this is a chance to try riding a bus for the first time. Plus, it’s a great opportunity for SMART to show off our new buses which help people get to work or activities all over the area, including restaurants and events downtown and even to the airport.

Using the SMART Dream Cruise Shuttle helps with the congestion during the Cruise, just as it does with commuter traffic every day. One SMART bus can replace 60 cars on our roads, reducing congestion and improve air quality for the region.

SMART Routes Detoured on Bypass Route

On Saturday, August 18th scheduled local Routes 450/460 Woodward and SMART’s FAST Woodward Routes 461/462 will operate to the Fairgrounds then detour using the Bypass route to Pontiac. Riders can continue on the Bypass route to be transported to their final destinations between Eight Mile Road and Pontiac. Riders may get on or off the bus at any safe spot along the Bypass route or at any red SMART Bus stop. All SMART fares are in effect for regular routes.

On Sunday the Woodward Local Routes will resume regular service.

Due to the Woodward Dream Cruise, SMART anticipates service delays near and around Woodward and advises passengers to plan accordingly. For routes and schedules go to or call Customer Service at 866-962-5515 from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Serving residents since 1967, SMART is southeast Michigan’s only regional public transportation provider, offering convenient, reliable and safe transportation for Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties. SMART’s Fixed Route and small bus services connect people to employment and educational institutions, medical appointments and shopping centers. For routes and fare information, visit

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