<Detroit People Mover
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The Detroit People Mover
is one of the three results of the Urban Mass Transit Association Downtown People Mover program in the 1970s that was designed to pioneer new urban transit technology. The others are the Miami MetroMover
and the JTA Skyway. The line consists of a single 2.9 mile uni-directional loop around downtown Detroit with all trains running clockwise (reversed in August 2009 from counter-clockwise) which opened in 1987. The guideway is entirely elevated and stations are in a mix of providing direct access to nearby buildings (the guideways pass through a few as well) as well as street level access. It was intended to circulate people in downtown particularly from parking garages. It uses twelve Mark I cars that run in two car automated trains. All are wrapped with advertisements over the exteriors that don't cover most of the windows. This technology (albeit single track in Detroit) is the same has is used on the wildly successful Vancouver SkyTrain Expo Line
and Toronto's Scarborough RT with all maintenance occurring at the indoor facility at the Times Square Station. The DPM has been extremely unsuccessful and has been seen as a federally funded white elephant and proposed in the current extreme budget shortfalls to be shut down. In 2010 only 6,000 riders rode the system per day. Ridership studies in the 1980s before the system was built projected 67,700 riders per day.
The system uses its own fare system and doesn't accept or dispense of transfers to DDOT or SMART local buses. The fare was raised for the first time on since the system's opening from 50¢ to 75¢ per ride on November 7, 2011. It is payable by putting coins directly into the turnstiles at each station or by a token received from change machines in the stations. The tokens are slightly larger than a nickel. A monthly pass is only $10.
<Detroit People Mover
Last Updated: 4 February, 2012
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