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Farmington Hills Council to Discuss SMART Options Tonight

Officials will also hold a public hearing for a housing development on the south side of Nine Mile Rd., between Halsted and I-275.

Farmington Hills city council members will discuss options for public transportation during their regular meeting, held today at 7:30 p.m. in council chambers at . 

Officials have until the end of the month to decide whether to stay with the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) system or strike out on their own. If officials want to opt out of SMART, they have to pass a resolution by Jan. 31.

No resolution is required if they decide to remain with the regional system.

According to information provided in tonight's council agenda packet, which is attached to this post, SMART currently operates five bus routes in Farmington Hills and park and ride service at and  Family Skating Center. SMART also funds about two-thirds of the cost for service the city provides to seniors and people with disabilities. 

The agenda packet includes a proposal for a city-operated system with the following services: 

  • Senior/handicapped curb-to-curb: 10 buses operating Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Cost is $2 ($4 round trip). Additional fees may apply for destinations outside the city. 
  • Dial-a-ride: Curb-to-curb service anywhere within city limits, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Cost is $2 ($4 round trip).
  • Park and ride: Two locations, with bus service provided to downtown Detroit. Departures Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-8:30 a.m., returns 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Cost $2.50 ($5 round trip). 
  • Youth transportation to city-sponsored after school program, outings, and summer field trips. Provided at no cost to riders.

The operating budget for the proposed system is $1,064,546, plus an estimated $841,500 in capital costs. Officials anticipate annual revenues of $262,072.

The SMART .59 property tax millage, which expires in December of this year, nets $1,937,432 in Farmington Hills. 

Farmington officials voted Jan. 17 to  and have not yet developed a plan for alternate service. 

In addition to the SMART discussion, the Hills council will hold a public hearing on a proposed housing development south of Nine Mile Rd., between Halsted and I-275. The plan includes 54 homes on a 30-acre parcel, connecting Meadowbrook Forest East and Meadowhills Estates subdivisions. 

Officials will also consider awarding a bid for police motorcycles, signing a concessions agreement for the and passing a resolution supporting a Millennial Vision for Metro Detroit, among other agenda items. There's also time allowed for public comment on any issue. 

Andrew Mutch January 23, 2012 at 11:52 AM
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Wendy E MacAskill January 30, 2012 at 07:25 PM
i rely on smart to get to and from work at bedbath and beyond. i do not drive because i am blind left eye and deaf and have cp i cant walk more than one block to bus stops.. so they have to pick me up at home to get where ever i need to go.. when you make me late for work, my mgrs stop giving me hours because i cant depend on smart to get me where i need to go on time. plus some buses have two seats with yellow pull over both broken on some rides ive been on. you need to restore ADA service and allow me to renew my ada certified card . i already have a reduced fare id card.. please restore the routes you dropped and restore the ada service.. so ican go to dr appts at henry ford wb hospital for my appts. thank you my email is WendyMacA@msn.com. or call my vp 248-419-4471 thank you..

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