Let’s Stay Together: Auto Show Travel Tips for Families, Groups


Information for convenient travel for individuals, families, disabled

DETROIT, MI – As one of the primary and best ways to reach the North American International Auto Show, the Detroit People Mover (DPM) delivers visitors quickly and most importantly, safely  – to Cobo Center.

From your car to the Show floor, here are some suggestions:

  • Pay attention to MDOT freeway messages. The signage posts real-time ramp and travel information.


  • Park close to a People Mover station. DPM stations at Grand Circus Park, Cadillac, Broadway, or Millender Center historically have a shorter wait time to board than the other nine remaining stations. Spaces are available at any private or City of Detroit Municipal Parking (MPD) facility. MPD facilities and meters offer great values, an app to add time from your phone and are steps from several more People Mover stations. Also great is detroit.bestparking.com to find the nearest spots and competitive rates.


  • When you can, use change at DPM stations. Sometimes the longest lines at People Mover stations are at the token machines. Rides from any of the 13 People Mover stations are 75 cents per passenger, payable in any combination of U.S. nickels, dimes or quarters or a DPM token. Just step up to the fare gate and drop coins into the slot on the right. Children age five and under ride free.


  • Don’t rush. The maximum travel time between two stations is two minutes or less, with the entire loop completed in 16-19 minutes. Let passengers on the trains exit before you board. DPM Transit Police and others are there to provide help and keep the flow of traffic moving smoothly.


  • Special note to families: Stay Together. The People Mover is an automated system. Holding the doors repeatedly can result in system-wide delays. Don’t push ahead while others in your group may move at a slower pace. Rather, wait for the next train and board together. Another train is coming, guaranteed. Should you be separated from your party, exit at the next station, communicate by cell phone or notify a DPM Transit Police Officer. Emergency phones are located at each station and every DPM train. Parents: fold up the strollers, as adults streaming out from the back of vehicles may not notice your child right away.


  • People Mover trains have special wheelchair seating areas. In each vehicle these areas look like regular seats, but are equipped with a bar to raise seats to allow spacing for wheelchairs. If you see someone in need, please let them have that space. The Auto Show opens at 8 a.m. on Jan. 20-21 and 27-28 for the disabled and for this event, the People Mover opens at 8:00 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays as well as 6:30 a.m. weekdays. Handicapped access is currently available at all stations.

Special DPM Auto Show Hours

January 19 – 6:30AM – 2:30AM

January 20 & 27 – 8:00AM – 2:00AM

January 21 & 28 – 8:00AM – Midnight

For more information, call 313-224-2160 during normal business hours, or visit www.thepeoplemover.com.

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