12/12/2011 07:42 am ET

Metro Detroit SMART Bus System Cuts Take Effect

Southeast Michigan's regional bus system that serves about 40,000 people daily is putting previously announced cuts into effect.

Starting today, the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation is eliminating 15 routes. Outside of rush hours, its buses won't run in Detroit. Riders heading into the city will need to transfer to a Detroit Department of Transportation bus.

SMART announced the cuts including more than 120 employees in October because of lower tax revenues, declining federal funding and increasing costs for health care. It also said it hadn't been able to get concessions from unions.

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