Detroit Transportation Corporation Announces Interim Route for People Mover During General Motors' Berm Demolition Project

Aug 29, 2002, 01:00 ET from City of Detroit

    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
     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
     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
     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
     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
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