DETROIT -

SMART riders could be in for a surprise this week while they wait at their bus stop.

The company will be sending out a holiday team in metro Detroit to give out 3,000 tickets or passes to riders.

"We know that a lot of people are struggling and we want to help them out a little with a free ride on SMART," said John C. Hertel, General Manager at SMART. "This is the season for giving and we are also asking if the recipients can't use the tickets or pass to pay it forward to someone who can."

To keep it a surprise, SMART isn't releasing where or when the holiday team will be out.