June 12-26 Closure Information

Special Trackwork Project Overview

The Detroit People Mover is a single-track system, and it is not possible to perform special trackwork and switch replacement without a temporary system shutdown.  DPM operations will be suspended at 2:00 AM on Sunday, June 12, 2016 and the system will remain out of service until normal service is resumed on Monday, June 27, 2016 at 6:30 AM.  We understand the inconvenience this program will cause to our patrons, however to maintain a state of good repair and safe, reliable transportation, the rail replacement must be carried out.


Delta Railroad Construction, Inc. is the contractor of record for next month’s rail replacement of approximately 180 feet in one area of track. Crews will physically remove the worn sections of trackwork, by cutting and unbolting it.  The new trackwork will be fastened and welded as needed. The new trackwork will be ground at the welds to match the adjoining sections.


A new switch will also be installed, including existing switch machine rods. Switches allow trains to move in left or right directions onto a track. The switch will be tested for operation and functionality with the existing train control system. When this work is complete, the system can be returned to revenue service.


Requests for interpretive, special accommodations at the hearings for the hearing impaired and others with special needs must be made 48 hours in advance of the public hearing meeting dates by calling

(313) 224-2160. Please call 7-1-1 for the hearing impaired.


Written comments must be received by Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Submittal by mail should be sent to Barbara Hansen, General Manager, Detroit Transportation Corporation, 535 Griswold Street, Suite 400, Detroit, MI 48226.  Click here for a link to: submit an electronic comment card  c/o webmaster@thepeoplemover.com


Copies of documents detailing the closure are on file at the DTC and may be reviewed from Thursday, May 12 through Thursday, June 9, 2016 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays or by contacting the DTC at (313) 224-2160. Barring any changes made in response to the written comments, this document will become final.

Questions and Answers on the 2016 DPM Rail Replacement Project


Q: Is this rail project being conducted to only replace older rail?

  1. Yes. Although repairs and improvements have taken place over the past 28 years, this project involves maintenance on one switch and a special, identified track section which has experienced a level of wear over time.


Q: How much rail is being installed?

  1.  Approximately 180 feet.


Q: Why only one section of rail and not others?

  1. This is extensive, specialized trackwork conducted in phases during the lifetime of the system to keep the DPM in a state of good repair – and to avoid service interruptions. However, the time and effort required to replace sections of rail are such that the People Mover must be shut down to complete them.


Q: How often will you need to shut down the Detroit People Mover for routine maintenance?

  1. The DTC performs routing maintenance on an ongoing basis. Most maintenance and repairs to the Detroit People Mover are conducted overnight, during non-operating hours. Routine inspections of the entire system – including the rail – are to ensure that normal wear, weathering or other issues are identified and can be corrected with the least amount of downtime.


Q: Is there a chance the construction will be delayed?

  1. The chance of construction delays is minimal.  The construction team has ample experience completing similar projects on time.


Q:  How is this project funded?


  1. A portion of the project is supported by federal grant, with the remainder from general operating funds.

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