DETROIT, Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit is the place to be on
Thanksgiving Day, as more than one million people are expected to come to
downtown Detroit to enjoy both America's Thanksgiving Parade and the Detroit
Lions' first Thanksgiving Day game at Ford Field on November 28.
Preparations are underway to accommodate the increased traffic flow in and out
of the downtown area and ample and convenient parking is available to
accommodate both audiences for these great events. The City of Detroit has
issued the following advisories regarding travel routes, available parking
facilities and shuttle services:
America's Thanksgiving Parade begins at 10 a.m. on November 28 at the
Detroit Main Library on Woodward Avenue. It will continue south along
Woodward and conclude at Grand Circus Park. Motorists are advised to leave
early and to park near the parade's starting point.
The following streets will be closed at posted times on Wednesday,
* Woodward, southbound lanes from Putnam to Baltimore, closed partially
at 2 p.m., completely closed at 5 p.m.
* Woodward, from Witherall to Baltimore, beginning at 8 p.m.
* Amsterdam, from Woodward to Cass, 6 p.m.
* Burroughs, from Woodward to Cass, 6 p.m.
* Antoinette, from Woodward to Cass, 6 p.m.
* Palmer, from Woodward to Cass, 6 p.m.
* Ferry, from Woodward to Cass, 6 p.m.
* Kirby, from Woodward to Cass, 6 p.m.
* Endicott, from Woodward to John R, 6 p.m.
* Piquette, from Woodward to John R, 6 p.m.
* Harper, from Woodward to John R, 6 p.m.
* I-94 Service Drive, from Woodward to John R, 6 p.m.
* Kirby, from Woodward to John R, 6 p.m.
* Ferry, from Woodward to John R, 6 p.m.
* Hendrie, closed to Brush, 6 p.m.
* Palmer, closed to Brush, 6 p.m.
The following streets will be closed at 6 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28:
* Woodward from Witherall to Piquette
* Park to Grand River
* West Adams from Woodward to Cass
* West Elizabeth from Woodward to Clifford
* Bagley from Park to Cass
* Washington Boulevard from Park to Michigan Avenue
* West Park from Woodward to Montcalm
* West Clifford from Woodward to Adams
* West Grand River from Woodward to Cass
There is ample parking to accommodate event attendees. Parking is
available at select City of Detroit Municipal Parking structures and
privately-operated facilities throughout downtown. Motorists are advised to
pay only those parking attendants authorized to collect funds. Employees of
authorized parking lots and garages wear identification badges that indicate
the parking facility is licensed by the City of Detroit. Individuals who park
in privately owned lots and garages should not pay more than the posted rates.
The Municipal Parking Department recommends the following parking facilities
for parade attendees:
Facility Hours Rate Shuttle Service (.50 ) or
Detroit People Mover
Cobo Arena Garage 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. $3.50 Parade Shuttle
200 Civic Center Drive DPM
Cobo Hall Garage
475 Washington Blvd. 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. $4.50 Parade Shuttle
Cobo Roof Deck 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. $4 Parade Shuttle
625 West Congress DPM
Cultural Center Garage 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. $2.25
Ford Underground Garage 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. $4.50
30 East Jefferson
Joe Louis Arena Garage 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. $6 Parade Shuttle
900 West Jefferson DPM
Millennium Garage 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. $7
432 West Congress
Woodward Lots 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. $10
Fisher Freeway to Sproat Street
Thanksgiving Parade Shuttle Service
The Detroit Department of Transportation is providing park and ride
shuttle service from the Detroit Zoo, Eastland Mall, Fairlane Town Center,
Northland Mall, as well as the Joe Louis Arena Garage and Cobo Parking
facilities. Service will begin at 7 a.m. on Thanksgiving and continue until
9:30 a.m. Return shuttle service resumes from downtown to the parking sites
at the close of the parade, and will continue until one hour after the
completion of the parade. Fare is $.50 each way from the Joe Louis Arena and
Cobo Parking facilities, and is $1 each way from all other locations. Parking
at the Detroit Zoo is $4.
Passengers will be dropped off within 2 blocks of the parade route east
and west of Woodward. Joe Louis Arena and Cobo busses drop off near Grand
Circus Park, west of Woodward. Detroit Zoo & Eastland buses drop off on
Winder at John R and Brush. Northland and Fairlane buses will drop off on
Adams at Cass and Clifford. Passengers may board the bus at the same location
for the return trip up to 1 hour after the parade ends.
Passengers wanting to attend both the Thanksgiving Day Parade and the
Lions' game can board a special shuttle at any of the four locations and
attend the game. Service is available until one hour after the game ends.
Passengers can board the bus on Madison and Brush for the return trip. DDOT
Transit Ambassadors will assist passengers on their return trip.
DETROIT LIONS FANS/FORD FIELD
The Detroit Police Department has issued the following suggested travel
route for those attending the Detroit Lions' game at Ford Field. Note all
pedestrians should cross Woodward south of Grand Circus Park.
Suggested Travel Routes
From the Northeast:
To access the parking lots east of Woodward, travel I-75 southbound and
exit at Jefferson Avenue or Lafayette or take Gratiot Avenue, southbound into
To access parking lots west of Woodward, travel I-75 southbound and exit
at Jefferson Avenue, travel east crossing Woodward Avenue.
From the East:
To access parking lots east of Woodward, travel I-94 east to I-75
southbound, exit at Jefferson Avenue or Lafayette.
To access parking lots west of Woodward, travel I-94 east to I-75
southbound to Jefferson Avenue exit. Travel west crossing Woodward Avenue.
From the West:
To access parking lots west of Woodward, travel I-96 eastbound to I-75
northbound to the Grand River exit (#50).
To access parking lots east of Woodward, travel I-96 eastbound to the I-75
northbound exit. Take I-375 downtown and exit at Lafayette or Jefferson
To access parking lots west of Woodward, travel the Lodge Freeway (M-10)
southbound, exit at Bagley.
To access parking lots east of Woodward, travel the Lodge freeway
southbound, exit at Jefferson Avenue south.
The Municipal Parking Department recommends the following parking
facilities for those attending the Detroit Lions' game at Ford Field.
Facility Hours Rate Shuttle Service
Mover Access (DPM)
Broadway Lot 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. $3.25 DPM
Cadillac Farmer Lot 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. $2.25 Ford Field Shuttle
1025 Farmer 50 cents
Eastern Market Garage 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. $10
Eastern Market Lots 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. $30 Ford Field
Enter on Russell Tailgating Shuttle - 50 cents
Greektown Garage Open 24 hours $3.25 DPM
(NEW) Premier 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. $10
1206-08 Woodward Avenue
FORD FIELD SHUTTLE SERVICE
DDOT will provide shuttle service from two locations: Eastern Market and
Cadillac Square (Farmer and Bates). Service will begin at 7:00 a.m. operating
every 5-10 minutes until the start of the second quarter. Return shuttle
service begins by the end of the third quarter with pick-up every 5-10
minutes. Ford Field shuttle service ends two hours after the game.
The fare is 50 cents one way. Passengers are advised to bring the
correct fare, as drivers will not be equipped to provide change. Service from
Eastern Market and Cadillac Square (Farmer and Bates) will drop off passengers
on Brush and Madison. Passengers board at the same location for the return
DETROIT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DDOT will operate a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving Day for regular
routes. The following routes will be detoured due to street closures for the
Thanksgiving Day Parade:
#7 Cadillac Harper
DETROIT PEOPLE MOVER SERVICE
The Detroit People Mover will operate from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on
Thanksgiving Day. Because of construction, the Renaissance Center and
Cadillac Center stations are closed. DPM is currently operating in By-Pass
service mode, with trains bypassing one another at the Times Square Station.
Trains will operate in both directions between Millender Center and the
Bricktown station through June 2004.
Fare for the Detroit People Mover is 50 cents per ride. A token or any
combination of U.S. nickels, dimes and quarters may be used for entry. Tokens
are available in all operational DPM stations. The DPM is accessible to
elderly and disabled persons. Children under 5 ride free.
For more information on the Detroit People Mover, call 313-224-2160
between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or dial 313-962-RAIL after 5 p.m. and on weekends.
Additional information is also available on the Web site at
For more information, go to the City's Web site at www.ci.detroit.mi.us .
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