The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) announced today that a new express bus service from downtown to the airport will start on March 25. The pilot program called DAX (Detroit Air Xpress) will be ready for the NFL Draft in late April.

The service will have 16 round trips per day to and from the airport with stops at both the Evans and McNamara terminals. The service will run from 3:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and pick up downtown on the west side of Washington Boulevard, near State Street (between Michigan and Grand River). 

Rates are as low as $6 in advance and $8 at the door. This is down from a proposed $15 earlier this year based on public feedback. Tickets can be purchased here.

The buses are equipped with wifi, charging stations, room for baggage, and restrooms. Michigan Flyer is operating the bus service. 

One long-standing complaint in Detroit's sparse transit landscape is the lack of options to and from the airport. SMART has a FAST bus that runs between downtown and DTW, with many stops in between. The DAX service is expected to take 30-50 minutes depending on traffic. More information on DAX and schedules can be found here.