People Mover’s Grand Circus Station back in service

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People heading to Comerica Park to see the Tigers or to the Fox Theatre to catch a performance will have quicker access than they have in months if they use the People Mover.

The Grand Circus Park Station has reopened after a nearly $1.8-million renovation funded by a Federal Transit Administration grant. The station, at 9 Park Ave., just off Woodward, had been closed since August.

On first blush, the station, which features a statue of a man standing and reading a newspaper, might appear similar to before the renovation, but it now has interior stairs and an elevator to make it accessible for disabled riders. Riders previously had to use a stairway from the street level at Park and Washington.

Inside, the station features tempered glass, programmable and adjustable LED lighting, ceramic tile and concrete flooring and entrances on Washington and Park. The station also has water fountains.

The reopening of the station — one of 13 — is good news for Ann Connally, who lives in the Broderick Tower on the other side of Woodward. Connally, 63, sold her house of 40 years in northwest Detroit about a year and a half ago for the move downtown.

She rides the People Mover daily, she said, noting that her doctor is at the Renaissance Center, which has its own station. Now a downtown resident, Connally said she will likely get rid of her car.

“Between Uber, Zipcar and the People Mover, I think I’m good,” she said after exiting a train at the Grand Circus Station.

Contact Eric D. Lawrence: elawrence@freepress.com or on Twitter: @_ericdlawrence

Station rankings

People Mover stations ranked by ridership in 2014

1. Greektown, 559,048

2. Renaissance Center 487,758

3. Cobo Center 258,026

4. Joe Louis Arena 177,618

5. Michigan 148,979

6. Times Square 129,250

7. Broadway 119,235

8. Millender 96,255

9. Cadillac 93,894

10. Bricktown 77,038

11. Financial District 75,819

*12. Grand Circus 72,774 (2013 ridership — 136,255)

13. Fort/Cass 61,826

*Grand Circus station closed for renovations on Aug. 16, 2014.

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