2Oth Anniversary - 1987-2007
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20th Anniversary Rededication Ceremony - July 31, 2007 - Financial District Station
The Detroit People Mover welcomed several dignitaries and guests at the place where service first began - Financial District Station - for the re-dedication of the Detroit People Mover.
A moving speech by Representative Coleman A. Young II recalled imagery of the late Mayor Young as the key supporter and architect of the People Mover, which remains the only automated rail public transit system in the state of Michigan.
Barbara Hansen, Detroit Transportation Corporation General manager, was presented with a City Council Resolution as well as a Spirit of Detroit Award by City Council President Kenneth Cockrel Jr. and Councilpersons Joann Watson and Martha Reeves, respectively.
Mayor Kwame M. Kipatrick thoroughly inspired the gathered crowd, stating the People Mover is a contemporary cataylist for the city, which brings people together both locally and across the country to explore, visit and experience the unique offerings in Downtown Detroit.
Additional recognized guests included John Hertel of the Regional Transportation Coordinating Council; Representative Gabe Leland; SMART Director Hayes Jones; Albert Fields and Douglass Diggs of the DTC Board of Directors, and Irene Walt, Chairperson of the Art in the Stations Commission, who was the driving force behind the People Mover's Art in the Stations installations.
Speaking of Art, DTC also awarded prizes to three Wayne State University students for their winning posters which best captured the spirit of the 20th Anniversary. All from the College of Fine Arts, the images will be used in future campaigns throughout the year.