Opening Day & Good Friday Options: DPM Connects Visitors By Car, Rail or Bus

CHOOSE CONVENIENCE OPENING DAY AND RIDE THE DETROIT PEOPLE MOVER – OPEN ON FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 6:30A-2:00A

  • Tigers fans have utilized the People Mover as part of their game day planning, taking advantage of the parking offered along the southern and western portions of downtown
  • Transit riders can coordinate their trips using https://transitapp.com/region/detroit

 

DETROIT / March 27 /   Heading downtown for Opening Day?  Plan your visit and reduce traffic jams by parking and riding the Detroit People Mover (DPM).

 

Transit Riders and those in cars can take advantage of using the People Mover for convenient access to Comerica Park.  Ease of use and price are what attract patrons to parking near one of the 13 People Mover stations. Downtown offers options to park away from centers of congestion, and the elevation of the People Mover can be a time-saver as trains arrive every 3-4 minutes. Fare remains 75 cents per ride.

 

The closest and most direct access is to exit at the DPM Grand Circus Park Station in the David Whitney Building at Woodward Avenue.  Broadway Station is also a few blocks walk from the ballpark.  The QLine, DDOT and FAST buses have stops on Woodward.  Additionally, DDOT and all three FAST routes (Michigan, Gratiot and Woodward) have direct stops at the DPM Financial District Station.

 

On Thursday, March 29, motorists may pay for up to four hours at downtown parking meters using Municipal Parking kiosks or the Park Detroit app.  Individuals using the Park Detroit app can pay for parking and extend their parking time remotely, and receive mobile alerts 10 minutes prior to their time expiring. For more information on the app, go to parkdetroit.us.

 

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It’s no secret – the home opener of baseball season is the real deal – an unofficial holiday that has the combined revelry of a street fair, the “Go get ’em guys!” attitude of competitive sport and the backdrop of an all-day party.

The doors are wide open folks… unless you are actually working. If going through the seven stages of grief while passing by the windows of the office several times before noon to gaze wistfully at the crowds has you counting the minutes until lunch, this is for you. Here’s how to spend those precious break/meal time moments (because you do have to go back):

Fifteen-Minute Fake

The key here is to be strategic. Use the day before or five good minutes at the desk to decide where you want to go – where’s the closest hangout you can swoop in, grab some swag, lead a quick chant at the radio remote party and dip out? Decorate your desk with the loot and be envy of all.

30-Minute Dashers

Okay, you may be able to squeeze in some nourishment here, provided that travel doesn’t involve a car. Use convenient public transportation to get you close or take you away from the action.  In downtown Detroit, the People Mover is elevated and can deliver fans to several locations in minutes. On foot is great too, so it is possible to check out one or two spots, buy food, a beverage and make it back with seconds to spare. The key here is to not be picky about the nearest options available and make sure it’s portable, so you have the choice to nosh on the go or enjoy it back at the building.

Power Hour

Ah, hang time! If you accidentally forgot to pack a lunch (or not), no need to press your nose against the glass in frustration or deprive yourself of both sports and sustenance – there are options.  Looking to join in? Again, planning is everything. Allow time to navigate the streets, wait in lines and avoid the photobombs from all of the happy people. For some, the last place you want to be is around the masses; in this case, pay a visit to that intimate, non-chain restaurant that gets rave reviews, but you’ve never tried. Small businesses gain new customers and you have a new secret location away from the co-workers. And you still have time to check out an inning or two. Smiles all around.

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Ericka Alexander is the Marketing Specialist for the Detroit Transportation Corporation. As operator of the downtown Detroit People Mover, the elevated light rail system provides a faster way to the fun, serving over 2.3 million workers, residents and visitors annually.

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