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Encyclopedia > Detroit People Mover
Detroit People Mover
Locale Detroit, MI
Transit type People mover
Began operation 1987
System length 2.9 mi (4.7 km)
No. of lines 1
No. of stations 13
Daily ridership 5,000
Operator Detroit Transportation Corporation

The Detroit People Mover is a 2.9 mile (4.6 km) driverless, fully-automated rapid transit system operating in a single-track, one-way loop through downtown Detroit, Michigan, United States. It is not a monorail. A siding allows the system to be used in a two-way bypass manner when part of the circular track is closed. Nickname: Motor City, Motown, Hockey Town Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (Latin for, We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes) Official website: www. ... Skytrain Bangkok. ... A people mover is a fully-automated light rail or tram system. ... A mile is any of a number of units of distance, each in the magnitude of 1–10 km. ... A kilometre (American spelling: kilometer), symbol: km is a unit of length in the metric system equal to 1000 metres (from the Greek words χίλια (khilia) = thousand and μέτρο (metro) = count/measure). ... A mile is any of a number of units of distance, each in the magnitude of 1–10 km. ... A kilometre (American spelling: kilometer), symbol: km is a unit of length in the metric system equal to 1000 metres (from the Greek words χίλια (khilia) = thousand and μέτρο (metro) = count/measure). ... A people mover is a fully-automated light rail or tram system. ... This article or section is missing references or citation of sources. ... Nickname: Motor City, Motown, Hockey Town Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (Latin for, We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes) Official website: www. ... Official language(s) None (English, de-facto) Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Area  Ranked 11th  - Total 265,172 km² / 102,384 sq. ... The KL Monorail in Kuala Lumpur, a colourful straddle-beam monorail A monorail is a transit system, resembling a metro or railroad with a track consisting of a beam (guideway), not a single rail as is implied by the name, as opposed to the traditional track with two parallel rails. ...

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History

Photo of People Mover exiting Ren Cen.
Photo of People Mover exiting Ren Cen.

The system, opened in 1987, uses the same ICTS technology as the Vancouver SkyTrain and Toronto's Scarborough RT line. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (432x617, 513 KB) Summary Photo of Detroit People mover exiting the RenCen, from a prmotional brochure for the City and taken from www. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (432x617, 513 KB) Summary Photo of Detroit People mover exiting the RenCen, from a prmotional brochure for the City and taken from www. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Where most trains have a driver’s cab, ART Mark II trains give passengers a large picture window through which they can see where the train is going. ... The platform at Metrotown Station in Burnaby is one of the busiest in the SkyTrain system. ... The Scarborough RT (sometimes shortened to SRT or RT) is a public transport metro line in the Scarborough district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ...


Operations

The People Mover is run by the Detroit Transportation Corporation of the City of Detroit. It is not the same operator as the city buses, Detroit Department of Transportation. Nickname: Motor City, Motown, Hockey Town Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (Latin for, We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes) Official website: www. ... Detroit Department of Transportation or DDOT is the public transit operator in Detroit, Michigan. ...


Stations

The DPM consist of 13 stations with 8 of which are built into pre-existing buildings. The stations are well known for their unique designs and original artwork.

  • Joe Louis Arena Station - serves the Joe Louis Arena
  • Cobo Center Station - serves Cobo Hall
  • Fort-Cass Station
  • Michigan People Mover Station
  • Times Square (People Mover Station - serves the Detroit Transportation Center Operations and Maintenace Facilities
  • Grand Circus Park People Mover Station- serves the Comerica Park baseball stadium and the Ford Field football field, as well as the Fox Theatre
  • Broadway People Mover Station - serves the Detroit Opera House
  • Cadillac Center People Mover Station - serves Compuware and Campus Martius Park area
  • Greektown People Mover Station - serves the Greektown Casino
  • Bricktown People Mover Station - serves dance and jazz clubs
  • Renaissance Center Station - serves the Renaissance Center
  • Millender Center Station - serves the Marriott Hotel and parking center
  • Financial District Station

Joe Louis Arena, nicknamed Hockeytown, The Joe, and JLA, is the home of the National Hockey League franchise the Detroit Red Wings. ... Cobo Hall, officially Cobo Conference/Exhibition Center, is a convention center situated in downtown Detroit, Michigan, USA. It is named for Albert E. Cobo, mayor of Detroit from 1950 to 1957. ... Comerica Park is a baseball stadium located in downtown Detroit, Michigan. ... Ford Field entrance view from Adams Street. ... Fox Theatre is the name given to several large movie theaters dating from the late 1920s either built by movie mogul William Fox or subsequently purchased by the Fox West Coast theater chain. ... Skaters in front of Compuware World Headquarters, Detroit, Michigan. ... Campus Martius Park is a park in Detroit. ... Greektown Casino is one of three commercial casinos located in Detroit, Michigan. ... United States Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock passes the Renaissance Center. ...

Fleet

The system operates in 2 car pairs. The Urban Transportation Development Corporation was a corporation created in the 1970s by the Government of Ontario, Canada, to develop transit vehicles for the provinces public transit authorities. ... Bombardier Transportation is the rail equipment division of the Bombardier group. ...


Criticism

The People Mover is the only local rail in Detroit with the closure of the one-mile trolley line in 2003. Detroit's close ties to the automobile industry are seen as the cause of its lack of convenient mass transit.


The People Mover is widely viewed as a failure with high cost, low ridership, and frequent need of repairs. In fiscal year 1999-2000, it had a ridership of 1.5 million, although the system has a theoretical capacity of 15 million. Daily ridership was only 5,000 people. The Detroit News that year computed that the city was subsidizing the system $3.00 for every $0.50 rider fare. Ridership expanded to 2.2 million in fiscal years 2001 and 2002. In October 1998, the implosion of the Hudson's building damaged the track, closing the People Mover completely for two months. Full service was not restored until November 1999, more than a year later. Renovation at the General Motors headquarters at the Renaissance Center kept the People Mover from offering full-circuit operation for two years from September 2002 to September 2004. Along with The Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News (owned by Gannett) is one of the two major Metro Detroit newspapers. ... Hudsons Department Store was a major independent retail department store chain based in Detroit during the first three-quarters of the Twentieth Century. ... General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM), also known as GM, is an American automobile maker with worldwide operations and brands including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Holden, Hummer, Opel, Pontiac, Saturn, Saab and Vauxhall. ... United States Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock passes the Renaissance Center. ...


A major cause of the system's low ridership is the relatively short distance it travels. Many feel that, in its present form, the People Mover does not fill a vital transportation need, as many of its stops are within walking distance of each other. There have been occasional proposals to extend the People Mover northward to the New Center and other areas not within walking distance of the city's downtown. These have yet to come to fruition. Suburban visitors also tend to shy away from the People Mover, partly because of the short distance it travels, partly because of the sometimes irrational fear of crime suburbanites have in Detroit -- the People Mover has occasionally been dubbed the "People Mugger" or "Mugger Mover". The New Center is a commercial district of Detroit, Michigan located approximately three miles (4. ...


When the system was under construction there was some controversy over the steel being used: it was stamped in South Africa, which was still governed under apartheid. Detroit is and was a majority-black city; the steel was replaced at significant expense. A segregated beach in South Africa, 1982. ...


See also

The platform at Metrotown Station in Burnaby is one of the busiest in the SkyTrain system. ... The Scarborough RT (sometimes shortened to SRT or RT) is a public transport metro line in the Scarborough district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... This is an alphabetical list of cities worldwide that have a rapid transit system, or a light-rail system with some elements of rapid transit. ...

External links

  • Official Detroit People Mover site

  Results from FactBites:
 
Detroit People Mover - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (611 words)
The Detroit People Mover is a 2.9 mile (4.6 km) driverless, fully-automated rapid transit system operating in a single-track, one-way loop through downtown Detroit, Michigan, United States.
Detroit's close ties to the automobile industry are seen as the cause of its lack of convenient mass transit.
Detroit is and was a majority-fl city; the steel was replaced at significant expense.
Detroit People Mover - definition of Detroit People Mover in Encyclopedia (330 words)
The Detroit People Mover is a 2.9 mile driverless, fully automated light rail rapid transit system operating in a single-track, one-way loop through downtown Detroit, Michigan, USA.
The People Mover is the only rail transit in Detroit with the closure of the 1-mile trolley line in 2003.
Renovation at the General Motors headquarters at the Renaissance Center kept the People Mover from a full circuit operation for two years from September 2002 to September 2004.
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