Archive: ‘Zoom to the Zoo’ with a SMART – and Sustainable – Transit Option

Be green and save green, one bus ride at a time

May 30, 2019

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) and SMART are protecting the environment one bus ride at a time – while improving accessibility for Detroit Zoo-goers – with its partnership called “Zoom to the Zoo”.  Running through September 30, a busload of perks awaits those who take advantage of the SMART FAST Woodward express service with a stop at the Detroit Zoo.

Each visitor who rides the SMART FAST bus to the Zoo will receive a $2 discount on Zoo admission (with proof of their ride shown at the gate), a wristband for free fountain drinks at Zoo concessions on the day of their visit and a free return bus ride.  Detroit Zoological Society Members and guests who Zoom to the Zoo with pre-paid admission tickets will receive a free ride on the wildlife Carousel.

“This is a great way to improve accessibility for guests who may have trouble getting to the Zoo and it also eases the challenges associated with traffic, parking and construction,” said Ron Kagan, DZS executive director and CEO.  “The best part is that by riding SMART, Zoo visitors can both save money and reduce their carbon footprint.”

One bus has the potential to eliminate 60 vehicles on the road, according to SMART, Michigan’s only regional public transportation provider.

“It’s natural that SMART and the Detroit Zoological Society have decided to partner for a second year,” said John C. Hertel, SMART General Manager, “With our newest FAST service and various connecting routes in the region, people can get to many places, like the Detroit Zoo, quickly and easily.”

The SMART FAST Woodward express service is available seven days a week.  For more information about hours, routes, park-and-ride opportunities and more, visit