“To Charming Rural Scenery, Beautiful Lakes and Majestic Rivers Via Detroit United Railway” — A guide from 1903–1904


I am a resident of the city of Warren and a board member with Transportation Riders United. Last December I penned the letter that ran in the Metro Times asking Amazon to save the bandshell. I am so glad that they are working with the city and that it will get moved to Palmer Park. In my spare time I also run the website www.transitguidedetroit.com to promote public transit use in and around Detroit. …


Planning a trip to Detroit’s cultural center? Detroit may be the Motor City but that doesn’t mean that cars are the only way to get there. I put together this handy guide on reaching the museum district by bus, streetcar, bicycle and more.

Detroit’s Cultural Center

The Cultural Center is located in the area of Woodward Ave. and Warren Ave. just 2 miles from downtown Detroit. It consists of the Detroit Public Library (1921), Detroit Institute of Arts (1927), Detroit Historical Museum (1951), College for Creative Studies (1958), Michigan Science Center (1978), Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (1985), Museum of…


This quote is based on the famous line from Jurassic Park where Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) talks about evolution and how nature finds a way to adapt to survive despite great obstacles. Public transit in Metro Detroit has continued to evolve despite great obstacles namely inadequate funding. After 50 plus years of seeking a long term funding source to modernize our transit systems and coming up short, providers have had to get creative to make improvements. The first transit authority, SEMTA, was founded in 1967 but was unable to levy a tax for transit funding. In 2012, a new…


I am a board member with Transportation Riders United (TRU), a non profit that has been advocating for better public transit in Metro Detroit for the past 20 years. I am also on the ridership promotion committee which includes helping people figure out the bus system. Riding the bus can be intimidating if you’ve never done it so I teach people how to figure out routes, how to pay, how to exit and how to transfer.

David Gifford and Mike McFall with a SMART bus in the background.

On a cold, sunny day in January 2020, I met up with Mike McFall, a Hazel Park resident and newly elected City Council member…


Before you bulldoze over 80 years of Detroit music history, please read this.

Michigan State Fair Bandshell (12/13/20) Photo by David Gifford

Today I drove past the old State Fairgrounds on State Fair Ave in Detroit. I realized that the old bandshell would not be spared from the wrecking ball so I snapped a photo of it. I recall my mother in law saying she saw the Jackson 5 on that stage as well as Stevie Wonder. I wondered who else had performed on that stage. As a musician myself, who has performed on stages as small as PJ’s Lagerhouse and as large as the DIA Film Theater, they’re…


Unfortunately you are not allowed to bring any pets other than service animals on any Detroit transit at this time. Pets other than service animals are only allowed on Ann Arbor’s TheRide.

DDOT Pet Policy

For more info click here.

SMART Pet Policy


Flying into or out of Detroit Metro Airport? Here’s a guide for getting to and from the airport without a car. — Also featured in Curbed Detroit.

AirRide Service from DTW to Ann Arbor, Brighton & East Lansing

When most of us in Metro Detroit think about how to reach DTW (Detroit Metropolitan Airport), we usually consider driving ourselves, begging for a ride from friends or family or taking an Uber or Lyft. You may not know this but you can take public transit to the airport. Its not well advertised. We may not have a rail system connecting DTW to nearby cities but there are several bus options available that…


This Thursday is the Detroit Tigers home opener. The following is a comprehensive guide for getting to and getting around downtown Detroit without a car. (This blog is for information only and is in no way affiliated with TransitApp, SMART, DDOT, QLine, People Mover or MoGo.)

Step one: Download TransitApp. With this app you can get transit directions using bus, Qline Detroit, the People Mover, MoGo bikes, Uber or Lyft. You can even locate & use scooters with this app.

Step two: Download the DART App. You can use it to pay for the bus or streetcar and just show…


Eater Detroit​ put together this great guide to dining in Dearborn. From downtown Detroit you can drive & hunt for parking, hail an Uber or Lyft, take a really long scooter ride or hop on a bus! Since this is a transit guide, these are the best bus routes from downtown Detroit. Starting on May 1st (2019), you’ll be able to take unlimited rides on DDOT or SMART for up to 4 hours for just $2. If you take a friend or a date you can get there and back for just $4!

#1 — Vernor

Catch #1 Vernor, a 24/7 route, at…

David Gifford

Avid transit blogger from Metro Detroit. www.transitguidedetroit.com

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