PONTIAC, Mich., Nov. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- United Shore, one of Metro Detroit's fastest-growing employers, is covering all costs for Detroit People Mover (DPM) riders from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 22), allowing downtown Detroit visitors to navigate the area for free as part of "Thanksgiving Free Fare Day".
"United Shore has a lot to be thankful for and we're happy to pay it forward by offering free rides on the Detroit People Mover this Thanksgiving," said Mat Ishbia, President and CEO of United Shore. "We're a family company, and this was an opportunity to extend our community goodwill beyond Oakland County and into downtown Detroit, where so many great family traditions take place on Thanksgiving Day."
More than 1 million people are expected to travel downtown for the Parade which starts at 9 a.m., and the Detroit Lions football game against the Chicago Bears at 12:30 p.m. The closest DPM stations for the Thanksgiving Day Parade are Grand Circus Park, Broadway and Cadillac Center; these stations as well as the Greektown Station are within walking distance to Ford Field. Riders may board or exit from any of the 13 People Mover station stops.
The "Thanksgiving Free Fare Day" is part of a partnership between United Shore and DPM, as United Shore has also wrapped DPM trains with banner advertisements as part of a recruiting push. Messaging on the trains implores people to "Put your career on the right track" and directs them the United Shore website to explore career opportunities: unitedshore.com/beyouhere
United Shore, parent company of the nation's No. 1 wholesale mortgage lender and fifth-largest lender overall, United Wholesale Mortgage, moved its headquarters from Troy to Pontiac in June, and is persistent in its community relations initiatives. The company recently rejected $1.9 million in tax incentives that it was eligible to receive from Oakland County as part of its relocation. In June, United Shore awarded free bicycles and helmets to every elementary student in the Pontiac School District that achieved perfect attendance for the 2017-18 school year.
"Over the last four years, Thanksgiving Free Fare Day on the People Mover has become a staple of Thanksgiving Day in downtown Detroit," said Barbara Hansen, General Manager of the Detroit Transportation Corporation. "We're thankful that United Shore has continued this tradition and are excited to bring area families together to enjoy the Thanksgiving Day festivities."
DPM has coordinated with Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) the easy transfer to DDOT's Eastside routes affected by parade traffic. Affected routes include #9 Jefferson,#52 Chene, #31 Mack, #67 Cadillac-Harper, #6 Gratiot and #5 Van Dyke. DDOT customers should board these routes at the People Mover's Bricktown Station, located on Beaubien St., north of Larned (DDOT transfer or fare required). Eastside routes will resume service to the Rosa Parks Transit Center at 6 p.m.
Standard People Mover service will resume at 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 23. For more information on the People Mover, visit its official website at www.thepeoplemover.com.
About United Shore
Founded in 1986, United Shore is home to United Wholesale Mortgage, the #1 wholesale lender in the nation. Headquartered in Pontiac, Michigan, United Shore employs more than 2,700 team members. Known for its state-of-the-art technology and unrivaled client service, United Shore underwrites and provides closing documentation for residential mortgage loans originated by independent mortgage brokers, correspondents, small banks and local credit unions. In addition to being a top national workplace, United Shore is the country's foremost advocate for the growth and support of independent mortgage brokers. For more information, visit unitedshore.com. NMLS #3038.
About Detroit People Mover
Owned and operated by the Detroit Transportation Corporation, the Detroit People Mover (DPM) was constructed in 1987 as part of a planned, regional transportation system. As public transit serving the downtown area, the People Mover is centrally located for passengers to navigate quickly and conveniently between its 13 stations and the nearest bus or streetcar stops. Fare is 75 cents per ride – any combination of U.S. nickels, dimes and quarters or one DPM token may be used for entry. Tokens are available in all DPM stations. Children, ages five and under ride free. The DPM system is accessible to elderly and disabled persons.
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SOURCE United Shore