Detroit Transportation Corporation Announces Interim Route for People Mover During General Motors' Berm Demolition Project
DETROIT, Aug. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Detroit People Mover (DPM) will suspend service from September 7 - 15 to prepare for the track and station closure at the Renaissance Center complex. The DPM is waiving the fare for the People Mover and its shuttle buses during the month of September 2002. Monthly pass subscribers will be given a one-month credit on their current subscriptions. During the suspended service, People Mover shuttle buses provided by the Detroit Department of Transportation will operate daily from 11 stations, excluding Renaissance and Cadillac stations. From September 7 - 15, passengers may board the People Mover shuttle buses at the following locations: Times Square -- Pick up on Grand River, east of Park in front of DPM station entrance Michigan -- Pick up on Cass across the street from the DPM station entrance Fort/Cass -- Pick up on Cass in front of the DPM station entrance Joe Louis Arena -- Pick up on Atwater in front of the DPM station entrance Cobo Conference Center -- Pick up on Washington Blvd. south of Larned, adjacent to the Pontchartrain Hotel Financial District -- Pick up on Larned in front of the DPM station entrance Millender Center -- Pick up on Larned, east of Randolph (under overpass of parking structure) ** Renaissance Station will be closed. Passengers in need of DPM services should board at Millender Center Bricktown -- Pick up on Beaubien in front of DPM station entrance Greektown -- Pick up on Lafayette, east of Beaubien at the corner of the Greektown Casino * Cadillac Station -- Pick up on Gratiot, west of Library across the street from the DPM station entrance (* Cadillac Station is scheduled to reopen January 2003.) Broadway -- Pick up on John R across the street from the DPM station Grand Circus Station -- Pick up on Park, west of Woodward Avenue at the DPM station entrance On September 15, the DPM system will resume operations providing Bypass service between the Bricktown Station and the Millender Center Station. The Bypass service consists of two trains traveling in opposite directions, bypassing at the Times Square Station. There is no need to transfer between trains. The Bypass service will continue through June 2004. As part of the conversion of the Renaissance Center into its world headquarters, the General Motors Corporation has proposed significant modifications to the Renaissance Center complex including the north plaza area between the Renaissance Center Central Towers and Jefferson Avenue from Beaubien to Randolph. The berms and that portion of the Renaissance Center garage located below the plaza will be demolished leaving only the lowest level of the garage intact. This will include the removal of the drive along the north side of the Renaissance Center Central Towers including the bridge over Beaubien Street. The removal of the berms and the garage to the first level will necessitate the removal of the DPM track and station. The garage and the DPM track will be reconstructed in its current location. The DPM station will be reconstructed slightly east of the current location and be comprised mostly of glass, resulting in an enhanced view of the Renaissance Center from Jefferson Avenue. The reconstructed DPM station will be accessed from within the Renaissance Center from a ground level entrance on the north side of the building. Resuming October 1, 2002, fare for the People Mover will be 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. People with disabilities who are Medicare cardholders and the elderly are eligible for discounted (50 percent) passes and tokens available at the DPM Administrative Office located at 1420 Washington Blvd., 3rd Floor, Detroit, MI 48226. Children 5 and under ride free. For more information on the Detroit People Mover, call 313-224-2160 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or 313-962-RAIL after 5 p.m. and on weekends. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X61708521
SOURCE City of Detroit
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