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Bus service to Belle Isle returns, no entry fees required

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Detroit’s storied Belle Isle, with its classic charm, is once again no more than a simple bus fare away by way of #12 Conant route.

A ride on the bus out to Belle Isle is only $1.50, the standard bus rate, whether you are a resident, visitor or staff. Plus no park entry fees or Recreation Passport are needed. The bus stop is close to major destination points such as the conservatory, the aquarium and the giant slide.

Belle Isle aquarium

Belle Isle aquarium

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) teamed up to get a bus to Belle Isle back on the road. Bus service to Belle Isle was discontinued in 2007.

“We are glad to provide access for residents to such a unique destination,” says Scharron Rambus with DDOT. “Belle Isle has been a place where special memories have been made and we are honored to continue that tradition.”

The service started on April 23 and makes run Monday – Friday from 5:50 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Service to Belle Isle will run roughly every 50 minutes.

This #12 Conant route travels through Detroit’s east side on several roads between terminuses at East Jefferson Avenue and Helen Street and the State Fairgrounds Transportation Center on Woodward Avenue near 8 Mile Road.

“The DNR and DDOT have been working together for months to introduce bus service to Belle Isle Park,” says Ron Olson with DNR. “As attendance at the park increased to more than 3.5 million visitors last year, it became increasingly important to provide additional transportation options to the island. It has been a pleasure to work with DDOT on providing this bus service.”

It is no question Belle Isle is one of the most well-known attractions in Detroit. The easier it is to get there the more the city and its people can enjoy its shared heritage and culture and simply have fun.

For more information please contact SuVon Treece at 313-670-1687 or suvtre@detroitmi.gov.

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6 comments on “Bus service to Belle Isle returns, no entry fees required

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