Detroit Evening Report: New bus route connecting downtown Detroit to DTW launching this month

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Representatives from the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan held a ribbon cutting on Thursday, March 21, 2024, for the Detroit Air Xpress bus route between downtown Detroit and Detroit Metro Airport launching this month.

Representatives from the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan held a ribbon cutting on Thursday, March 21, 2024, for the Detroit Air Xpress bus route between downtown Detroit and Detroit Metro Airport launching this month.

The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA) launched a new bus route on Thursday that will connect downtown Detroit to Detroit Metro Airport.

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The Detroit Air Xpress will offer 16 nonstop round trips between the city’s downtown and DTW airport daily. The route will stop next to 1119 Washington Blvd. near State Street and take passengers to both Evans and McNamara terminals at the airport. The trip is expected to take 30-50 minutes each way and run from 3:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

At a press conference announcing the new bus route on Thursday at the Rosa Parks Transit Center, Detroit Deputy Mayor Todd Bettison said the new route will help break down transportation barriers, bridge divides and create opportunities. 

“By encouraging the use of public transportation, as we are reducing congestion on our roads, cutting down on omissions and increasing accessibility.” 

Local dignitaries joined representatives from the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan for a ribbon cutting ceremony at Detroit's Rosa Parks Transit Center on Thursday, March 21, 2024.
Local dignitaries joined representatives from the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan for a ribbon cutting ceremony at Detroit’s Rosa Parks Transit Center on Thursday, March 21, 2024.

The DAX coach bus can hold up to 54 passengers and two wheelchairs. It comes with luggage storage underneath the bus and will offer amenities like free Wi-Fi and USB charging ports. 

Service will begin on March 25. Tickets will cost $8 at the door or $6 when purchased online at dax-bus.com.

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